Live Simply. Eat Extravagantly.
Life can be crazy. We find ourselves constantly battling societal pressures to do more, buy more, watch more, eat more, work more, and be more. Some people - ourselves included - find those pressures to be draining, and instead of living more with the many "mores" we strive to accomplish, we end up living less. We offer the CSA model as one simple way we have found to live more. In making time to prepare food from beautiful, fresh ingredients -- and in sharing that food with people we love -- we have found ways to pause and connect, and in doing so, we find rich life.
I've often thought that when it comes right down to it, food is the most worthwhile thing to spend money on. We, as people, can derive incredible pleasure from eating food -- the beautiful, vibrant, sometimes surprising textures and combinations of flavors, the strength and energy that comes from having good food, and the time spent with friends and family in preparing and enjoying meals together. Think about most social gatherings, and there is bound to be some sort of food present. Eating really wonderful food is often how we celebrate special events - birthdays, marriages, babies being born, the end of the school year. And eating quality food is so important for our health and well-being. When Kristina and I biked across the US during the summer after we were married, we daily rediscovered the direct correlation between what we put into our bodies and what we were able to get out of them. As a health professional, Kristina sees the cumulative effects of eating foods that are not life-giving. And as a teacher in the public schools, my heart ached at the lunches I saw some children eating, day after day after day. While we can only play a small role, we want to do what we can to work towards a day when all people can eat with wonderful extravagance and, in doing so, simply live.
"Eating with the fullest pleasure - pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance - is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend."