This was my commentary on October 15 2008, prior to this blog. I thought it should be repeated here, today. - Scott
"what about me, what about right now"
My first effort just about got uploaded to this page, but fortunately, I did not give in to my frustration, but let time and reflection bring me back to what I believe is my fundamental nature; that being a person of hope and faith in people. We are frustrated and concerned, and saddened when some customers tell us "they're watching their pennies right now", and that means back to the cheap food. We feel badly that we have not done our job of educating them of the value and importance of pure, quality food, and supporting, especially now, the farms that produce them. The stakes have never been higher. So instead of a rant, I say the following:
Thank you so very much for your business, and for your votes – your dollars, for our farm and our methods, and what we represent.
In these trying times, it means so very much to us that you choose to spend your money with us, when there are so many choices out there, and the persistent message is one of “what about me, what about right now”, and it is so very difficult to resist.
We appreciate, and feel hope for the future, that even in
trying times that you and others like you will value ours, and other local,
sustainable, organic farm’s products, enough to continue to choose them, instead
of retreating into cheaper, lower quality, less sustainable foods. Quality food
from sustainable, local farms is not a luxury, but a necessity to change our own
lives and the path of the world. Your choices reflect your true values in life,
and we are proud and humbled to be a part of that.
We are confident that your reward will be better health and a better world. It takes courage and wisdom to make good long term decisions, and sacrifice today for a better future, even as those around us may tempt us and call us foolish. It is never foolish to look out for one another and work towards a better world. Our rewards may not be immediate, but they will come and they will be everlasting.
Our individual and collective character isn’t determined when times are easy, but by the difficult choices and sacrifices we make when it isn’t easy.
We have never and do not now believe, arrogantly, that you or anyone else should pay us any price, but that we owe it to you to be efficient and provide excellent value, and if we fall short of that, we do not deserve your business or your faith.
Our gratitude to you will be to continue to work tirelessly, to work with you in providing value, and to be a beacon of hope with our farm, the values it represents, and to give unselfishly to others that would also make the world a better place.
At these frustrating times, rather than get sucked into the unfairness of it all, a pity party, negative thinking, I am reminded of how very grateful we are, especially to the following people who have given of themselves to our farm; with their time, and materials and money. I can't imagine how we would be where we are at without the help of these people, especially.
Mike Logan+Family/Dan Utter
A Special thank you to Gary Hougan, previous steward of our farm
Scott, Julie, Ian, Quinn & Lilly Trautman