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It's 3:30 in the morning, I just got my five month old back to sleep after an hour of him fussing, and for some odd reason I feel like it's the perfect time to write my entry about why I am thankful for LocalHarvest. By the way, the picture of baby Joaquin is for those curious readers who are wondering what he looks like these days. Although I am incredibly thankful for him, he is not what I am writing

You see, we (LocalHarvest) came up with the idea of introducing the blogs in the November  newsletter by having our member bloggers write about what makes us thankful. I want to give thanks to LocalHarvest.

Why give thanks to LocalHarvest? There is, of course, the obvious... it helps many people, both small family farms and consumers that are looking to support these small family farms. People use LocalHarvest for all sorts of reasons: posting farm events, finding local produce, meats, and fibers, keeping abreast with their local food movement, supporting their local economy, ordering helpful things (yummy turkeys, powerful tinctures, warm wool socks), selling these helpful things, etc. In short, it helps small farms survive. Recently I received an email from a prominent musician's personal chef. The chef told us that he used LocalHarvest while he was on tour, so he could continue with his mission of preparing ripe, seasonal food from local family farms. More on this in another blog entry, but the point is there is a wide range of people who are thankful for the use of LocalHarvest. There are all of those farmers out there that Guillermo and I visit, who tell us personally what LocalHarvest has meant to them. Those kind of comments feel the best. They warm us from the inside. With this growing economic crisis, I am thankful that LocalHarvest is part of the solution, not the problem. Also, I have a place, this blog, where I can write my thoughts about food and farms and share them with others. For this, I am immensely thankful. I know to go to LocalHarvest if I want to find a Christmas tree farm in our area to visit, or a place to pick ripe persimmons with my family.

All of this is well and good, but what makes ME thankful about LocalHarvest? It's the work that I do managing the Directory and the Events. It's the 'Thank you, Amber!' emails that I get from a farmer when I have finally, successfully, explained to her how to 'refresh the browser.' It's letting a baker know that, yes, they can create a listing with us because they buy so many of their ingredients from local, family farms. I'm thankful for all of the events that I approve, knowing that another connection has been made between farmer and eater. It's having a farmer email me about why their farm is closing, and writing them back with heartfelt words of condolence. I'm thankful for being the first to read the quirky descriptions that (some) farmers write when creating their new farm listing, so excited to be a part of something big. Pictures of wide-eyed baby alpacas, kids digging up vegetables, mama pigs feeding their greedy piggy babies, happy people shopping at their farmers' market... they all put a smile on my face. Even those crazy listings that we get from Florida (no offense, Floridians) give me something to chuckle about.

Why am I (me, myself, etc) thankful for LocalHarvest? Quite simply, it makes me happy.

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I am loving your blog. Thank you for posting with such emotion and care.


Posted by Linda Radwanski on November 25, 2008 at 02:30 PM PST #

Amber: I just wrote my own Local Harvest blog post about being thankful, and your family is one of the things I mentioned.

Good people and good food are irreplaceable, and I don't know any people better than you and Guillermo and Joaquin.

Love from rainy Soquel,

Posted by Tana on November 26, 2008 at 01:49 PM PST #

Thanks, Tana! You are one of my favorite people, too, and Logi. By the way, you mean me and Guillermo and Joaquin and new baby Payet, don't you? That's right! Surprise!!!

Posted by Amber Payet on November 26, 2008 at 02:38 PM PST #

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post.

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