You totally can, you know!
I went to a meeting the other night and one of the speakers, attempting to make a point about the state of local food economies, asked how many people in the audience knew the name of their family doctor. I didn't raise my hand, and neither did anyone around me. She went on to ask how many people knew the first name of their farmer. It was pretty cool to see how many hands shot up immediately. Of course, it was self-selecting group - anyone attending a "local food" talk put on by the Austin Permaculture Guild is hardly likely to be loading up their cart at HEB with Stouffer's mini-pizzas.
I think the speaker was pleasantly surprised - it's probably the other way around most places. It also, albeit anecdotally, confirms my suspicion that the better you eat, the less likely you are to even need a family doctor.
Speaking of local food, Green Gate Farm's CSA is starting up again on March 22nd! If you want a piece of the action, give them a call, or drop them an email and order yourself up a share! I'm grateful for the every other week option, not because we couldn't get through a box of veggies every week, but because I do love hitting the farmer's market, and appreciate the chance to engage in a multi-pronged approach to supporting Austin's local food economy.
Last season, we picked up our share at the farm, but for spring, I think we're going to make use of the drop off location just a couple of blocks away. I'll miss seeing those sweet little piggies so often, but I'm hoping we'll get to meet more like minded peeps here in our neighborhood.
Have no fear, little piggies, I know we won't be able to stay away for long!