Farming a Movement
Eating local is more important than you think...
Nina Yozell-Epstein's Squash Blossom Local Food, a social
enterprise-driven company which aims "to provide a dependable income stream for local farmers, bring healthier food to our community, and strengthen our
local economy." Squash Blossom provides a service similar to a CSA, delivering to subscribers a weekly bag of fresh produce. Unlike traditional CSAs, which deliver whatever a particular farm has ready, Squash Blossom sources from over 25 local farms for a greater variety of product. A weekly "Blossom Bag" subscription is only $28 and contains all kinds of goodies—a recent delivery included blackberries, okra, string beans, eggplant and tomatoes. Additionally, Squash Blossom provides produce to around two dozen local restaurants including Dolina, The Compound, Izanami, Inn of the Anasazi, La Choza, Dr. Field Goods and Il Piatto.
"It's important to start thinking about the way we cook with the seasons and
invite that into our lives to support farmers on a regular basis—make buying from local farmers part of our culture, not just a treat," says Yozell-Epstein. "We have to vote with our dollars if we want to keep farms alive."