Tis’ the season and most of us are feeling the pressure of getting everything done. Since I have started my cheese business this adds the additional pressure of marketing and participating in the retail part of the holidays. I am grateful to mark my second Christmas season as a cheesemaker.
I do miss that I haven’t been able to blog every week like I used too. It is always a great outlet for me. I have always strived to share with those that are removed from the farms and the farmers. Chica (who is doing well and still very sassy) is a great partner to help show consumers a little bit of what we do on the farm and show our connection with our animals and our land.
I do find great connection with consumers when I work the farmers markets or do demo’s at the stores. It is a great opportunity to explain what we do and clarify any questions or misconceptions that someone might have. Most people are good, kind and grateful to speak to an actual farmer.
In doing a demo recently I had a women come up and asked what it was like on our farm. She stated that it sounded like I treated my animals well, “but most do not…it is awful”. I had asked her if she had been to a farm. “No but I read about it”, she stated. I answered, “well in this day and age you really don’t think you can believe everything you read”? She said “of course not…but the animal rights people wouldn’t lie”. (BREATHING….CALMING myself)
I explained that there might be another agenda behind the group. If you want to fully know what is happening on farms that she should visit a farm and see for herself. She should look at both sides before she judges. She seemed open to that and I gave her some references for her to obtain this information. One of my favorites is the attached in the link below.
The Food Dialogues. The US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance have put this together to start the conversation. It’s a great opportunity for consumers to start a conversation with the farmers that bring the food to their tables. They have done a great job and I am proud of my friend Dino Giacomazzi who is a great spokesman for us dairy farmers.
“99% of farmers and ranchers say protecting the environment is an important goal and practice.”