It wasn't an easy decision, especially with all the wonderful people we've met along the way. But the continuing cost increases, difficulty in securing the quality ingredients we insist on, and people pulling back on their food expenditures just made it all unstainable. Moving forward, we're going to focus on how we can support other small, local food makers so they can compete against the industrial food system.
I truly believe that if we could efficiently make local, whole food available to people, the increase in local food consumption would happen organically (no pun intended). But therein lies the million dollar problem: how to get healthy local food to people efficiently and affordably. Spoiler: everything needed to do this exists!
My morning reflection Friday of last week began with a simple statement. "Sometimes we must act our way into a feeling, rather than feel our way into an action." I finally undestood how we can't count on feeling inspired or moved to drive the real change we want in our lives. Instead, we'll achieve it taking one small step at a time.
We are in the midst of a big change in our food system. Things are not going to just return to "normal." Our growers, our supply chain, our stores, our restaurants, evne our kitchens are having to approach food in a very different way.