Farm to Table was started, as most blogs are, as a passion project and personal journal I wanted to share with like minded people.
With the hustle and bustle that is life, I had started to forget the piece of me that got buried with running my own business and raising a family. And it was exactly that piece of me that I had wanted to share with my children that they never saw. The girl that loved the feel of the earth under her bare feet. The girl that picked fruit off her backyard trees in the summer and ate right then and there, juice running down her arms. Coming home to the aroma of a pot of homemade applesauce her grandmother was making. Riding horses, playing in the dirt… I didn’t grow up in the country. I grew up in the suburbs at a time it was transitioning away from the farmlands it used to be, to the tract homes it became. And although it was mostly tract homes by the time I was growing up, I remember.. and I forgot. I forgot my earthy yearnings, my hippie/boho inclinations. So I started Farm To Table as a way to remind myself to reconnect. To participate in my community. To do better health and food-wise for myself and my family. And to share it with you.
Although slightly mis-quoted, this sentiment is really the essence of how I feel about life. We are attached to the rest of the world. And living sustainably is at the essence of this. Start little… go to your farmers market and get to know where your food is coming from. Start your own garden and eat seasonally. It can just be one fruit tree or a pot full of herbs. Go bigger and grow it all yourselves. Preserve your foods or share with your neighbors. Just start! If someone like me that works 60 hours a week can do it, so can you (said with only encouragement in mind) and I hope this blog can help you on that journey, with seasonal recipes from farmers market finds, or introducing you to awesome food artisans!
Although I can only do this blog part time with my schedule, since starting in February of 2014 I have met the most passionate, amazing farmers, food artisans and others in my community. I’ve discovered I’m not the only one that dreams about backyard chickens and taking a step back. I’ve tried new produce at the farmers markets I would have walked right by before and have fallen in love with food preservation. (My husband will be the first to tell you I hate wasting anything!) Victory gardens, once in everyones yard, are making a comeback, including in my own yard. I hope to add a little more to my garden each season so as not to overwhelm myself, and meanwhile continue supporting the nearby farmers at the markets.
I’ve enjoyed engaging with you, doing giveaways, and seeing what articles you’ve loved the most. My favorite was the article I did on where the peppers for Huy Fong Sriracha hot sauce are sourced from. Learning more about these two family run businesses and meeting the owners was a highlight!
Here are the top 10 articles from 2014, thanks to you all!
- Candied Jalapeños
- Apricot and Fig Tapenade on Goat Cheese Crostini
- Redwood Hill Farm Tour
- Two Dog Organic Nursery
- Banana Royale
- Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream
- Bonga Foods
- La Bahn Ranch
- Banana Streusel Muffins
- Gluten Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (hands down the most popular Pinterest post)
My goal for 2015 are even more articles on food artisans and sustainable lifestyle ideas. Thanks again for growing with me and allowing me to get my feet back in the dirt.