I’m normally the one around here coming up with ridiculous irrelevant ideas, like pallet jack ballets, team jackets, and a romp room on the third floor of the warehouse. But I’m gonna be serious for a second.
I was given an article about cooperatives and cooperative principles that suggested transparency was the greatest goal of a good cooperative. It said that cooperatives should serve as a lens through which its members gain insight and perspective into the greater industry of which the coop is a part. It also said that activities, specifically economic activities, should serve to provide linkages between its members, and between members and the goals of the coop. Participation is thus not necessarily sitting in a room together and talking and voting formally, but perhaps also through more loosely organized groups of people with a common and evolving understanding participating in economic activities for the furtherance of collectively held goals.
Okay, here’s what I’m getting at: we are a cooperative of dialogue and ambitiously ethical business people. Everyone on this list, whether the farmers listed on the sheet, or you, receiving this email and their food, sees the seasonal flow of availability and some of the infrastructure challenges of harvest and storage. By the very nature of your participation, you and we are the Rumplestiltskins who are making things exist. It takes all of us, and it’s not magic. Your very concrete action of calling or emailing your order, of trying something new, of being willing to make the effort to do something that is not simple are exactly what makes local foods a viable prospect for today and tomorrow.
So, check out fresh Broccoli, and Multi-Colored French Beans, Brightberry Farm Cherry Tomatoes, the eponymous Garlic Bulbils, chicken galore, and the bounty of this season and this work we all do.
As always, we’ll be manning the phones and email on Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you.
PS. Garlic bulbils (and a really awesome logo/header): http://www.playingwithfireandwater.com/foodplay/2010/08/garlic-bulbils.html