Hi everyone. You’ve probably noticed that the blog has been lacking in new posts lately, especially from me. The past few months my priorities have changed, and while I still love this blog I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like. With that being said, we’ve decided to end the Back to Basics series with today’s post being the last. A big huge thank you to my friends Kate, Heather, and Britty for their hard work, talent, and time putting these 13 posts together. You all are the best! And thank YOU for reading this series. I’ve been so proud to host it here on Off Switch. — Katie
At the first sight of dawn, a pickup with a broken taillight rattles up to its usual spot. Out steps a scruffy farmer with leathery skin in a well-worn flannel and mud caked on his boots, hauling crate after crate of the week’s harvest. Soon he has many curbside neighbors, earnest workers unfolding tables, filling baskets with crops and counting cash with vigorous ardor for the morning buzz.
We arrive hours later, the sun having risen slightly higher but the air still just as crisp. We unpack our woven baskets from the backseat, grasp firmly to the hands of our zealous young companion, eager to celebrate the abundance of produce picked at its peak. The entire town seems to arrive just as we set foot at the market. A proper mix of neighbors and politicians, stroller-clad parents and avid foodies convene under the shelter of the freeway overpass, swiftly shuffling to snag heirloom varietals from the callused hands that turned the furrows of fertile soil.
This place has a pulse of its own, a rhythm that adequately trumps the noise of the traveling cars above. Exchanges between growers and happy-go-lucky shoppers, and partners debating what to serve for dinner blur together to orchestrate the harmony of locavorism—a companionship of utter authenticity and codependency. As we show our support for those who grow what we eat, we empower ourselves in the awareness of where our food comes from. We reconnect to the role that agriculture plays in our food and we reinstate a respect for the land.
Read past Back to Basics posts here!Words — Britty Wesley Photo — Heather Zweig
Logo Illustration — Katie Michels