Of course, since we have laying hens that give us fresh eggs every day, I have no reason to peruse the egg section at our local grocery store. I had no idea!
And I suddenly felt rather sad for consumers everywhere.
These labels are meant to bridge the gap between consumer and farmer; to stand as proxy instead of a conversation or personal interaction. In an agricultural landscape dominated by increasing consolidation and massive “farms”, it is little wonder labels have become as important as they are.
Which is why we are forever grateful for you, our customers! We are incredibly fortunate to have a warm and supportive community, one whose loyalty is not based on labels but on human interaction. It has been our privilege to have open and honest conversations with you surrounding food and our practices, and an honor to have earned your trust.
When our family sits down for our Thanksgiving dinner this week, we will have Harold’s fresh turkey; Bruce’s butter; Jason’s carrots, shallots, and brussels sprouts; Angela & Leon’s milk; and John & Ally’s spinach. No labels, just friends feeding friends.