Self Sustainability

It has been a long standing tradition for citizens in the United States to provide for themselves and other countries.   However with the fast paced society that we have become, we rely more on others to provide for us, especially when it comes to food.   Some may not agree, but look at how successful McDonald’s has become, as well as other fast food restaurants.   Since we eat more at chain restaurants, diners, local eateries, bistro’s,   and other dining establishments, wouldn’t it be great to eat fresh local produce, rather than processed?   The use of local produce would increase income for the farmer, reduce costs to the restaurant owner, and provide a healthier, safer meal to customers.
In early American economic history it is found that colonies needed a “staple” that they could rely on to support their families and colonies.   Farmer’s had to depend on themselves for survival.   Over many decades farming became the main source of economic growth.   Once again many decades have gone by and farming is no longer a family staple.   It has become a commercial business. It is recorded that “there are more inmates in the prisons in the US, than full time farmers.” (Fast Food Nation)

    The use of local farmers is not a new concept, simply a forgotten concept.   It is easier to order from the large box warehouse companies.   In one simple phone call, you can order everything from spices to meat, and napkins to dish soap.   With these conveniences, why would anyone think of purchasing items from local farmers, butchers, and retail outlets?   It is simply easier to make that call and more convenient to not worry about when it will be delivered.   As stated earlier, it is our fast paced life that has conditioned us to instant satisfaction.

    When working with farmer’s the instant satisfaction does not happen.   This has to be a well planned process.   It means understanding the needs of your menu, the amount of time needed to grow and harvest and the seasonal effect of...