We had a really nice surprise this week. Our biggest farming inspiration, Joel Salatin, came to ACU to speak at Moody Coliseum on Thursday. He is America's most well known farmer. He's written several books, been interviewed on national tv and his farm has been shown in several documentaries such as Fresh and Food Inc. Many of our farming practices have been shaped by his example. His followers call him the "High Priest of Pasture."
The reason he came to ACU was because of a new Locavore Club that has been started on campus. "Locavore" means eating locally grown food. They invited him to come and speak to help jump start their movement. They had a food fair on Thursday which also included a farmer's market in Moody 30 minutes before and after his presentation that evening.
(Pictures from the Farmer's Market in Moody Coliseum are courtesy of Kristy Fowler)
Our surprise all started when Alisha Sneed, a friend from church, asked if their Locavore Club could come out to take a tour of our farm and get a bread making demonstration. So they came last Thursday, toured, broke bread with us, and learned about our way of life out here. They sampled my homemade herbal skin salve & lip balm, drank our Kombucha tea & herbal medicine tinctures I had made, and got an earful of what we've been learning out here on the farm. While they were here they mentioned that Joel Salatin was coming to speak at ACU and there would be a farmer's market before and after his talk. Creg was visiting with the president of the Locavore club, Matthew Hale, and asked what farmers would be there. He said, "You can have a booth if you want one." Yippee. We decided to take everything we had. Eggs, wild plum jelly, sourdough bread, pitas, Kombucha tea, lip balm and skin salve. We also made information sheets to handout about our farm and the products we sell. The turnout was amazing. In the first 30 minutes we almost ran out of information sheets. I called my mom to come by and make more copies while we listened to his talk. After getting a pep talk on eating healthy and local the crowd was ready to pounce, and before long our table was almost empty. We sold out of bread, pitas, jelly and Kombucha tea (Creg was giving free samples out of communion cups and many were impressed that ours tasted better than what they sell at the health food store for twice the price). We also got a lot of contact information from some who want eggs, bread & tea on a regular basis.
We all had a blast working together. Sierra was keeping a tally of what we sold. Sterling and Samantha were putting the items in bags. Steele was helping make change for the customers. Creg & I were talking to the customers & explaining our products. It was a whirlwind of fun.
After we returned home that night, I told Creg that I couldn't stop smiling. I was so happy that our farmer hero came to town and inspired, encouraged and energized me to want to educate people and share with them about a few of the reasons why we have chosen this lifestyle.