It’s a humbling experience to be sitting at my desk, humming through daily tasks, and receive a bleep on my cell phone that links me to an incredible article written about our little-company-that-could. One featured on the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance’s blog! Check it out: Bringing Green to the Table with a Side of Success. It’s also an opportunity for me to reflect on what Josh and I have been doing for the past 9 years, and how far we’ve come, together – with the generous support of like-minded people that surround us.
When I met with Calantha Elsby, the author of the article, I was excited because I knew we would have many topics to discuss, sharing similar interests and values. As we sipped on our coffees and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts from OX in Guelph, I realized that what joined us together that day (and I suspect would bind her and I – among others – together for a long time) was this passion for things produced and shared locally. That no, “local” should not be reduced to a buzzword. But rather, it should be understood as the hard work and dedication that’s required to flow against convention, demanding that our food be traceable to specific farmers and producers. “Local” is also the relationships that are formed between real people that help bring local food to our tables.
For this, I’m grateful for our team, our customers, retailers, supporters, and those who can eloquently capture what we do for a living and render it meaningful to just about anyone. Thank you, Calantha.