Imagine becoming a part of a local food network that takes you out of the industrial food system. This system depends on a vast bureaucracy of go-betweens, transportation companies and food brokers. Consider buying a tomato picked yesterday, ripe from the vine, rather than a tomato picked green ten days ago and trucked hundreds of miles
This concept changes our dependence on industrial agriculture to local production. Surprisingly it is not a new concept. In fact, less than 100 years ago this was the norm rather than the exception. Only in the last 75 years has our food production and distribution system been divorced from the people it serves.
To foster this return to the Local Food Network, we want to introduce you to the local growers, producers, and vendors in this area. Please support these producers by purchasing their products and services. Doing so makes sense on many levels. Supporting local growers keep your food sources closer to you. This means that it is fresher and more nutritious when it reached your table. Purchasing locally allows you to develop a relationship with the people who put that food in your market. You know who grows your food. Knowing how what you eat grows, the methods the grower is using, and how your food is handled is reassuring.
If you know of a local grower or producer who you believe should be in our list, please visit our contact form and let us know. We will certainly follow up on your suggestions.
Periodically we will spotlight a local grower/producer as part of our effort to grow the Local Food Network.
Please visit our spotlighted businesses and individuals, visit with them, go to their webpages, like them on Facebook and, of course, do business with them. Supporting these small businesses locally is the best thing you can do to build the Local Food Network.
Simple Essentials – Sandra Boerner
I recently had the good fortune to meet and visit with Sandra Boerner. I discovered a kindred soul in her passion for nutrition and healthy living.
Sandra is a Texas Tech graduate with a degree in food and nutrition. Her knowledge and expertise are showcased best when she is describing her interests in holistic wellness.
As a Young Living Essential Oils distributor, she is wise in the use of her products to enhance an organic lifestyle. Also, she creates and sells a line of elderberry based syrups and jams that are created in her kitchen, using her recipes and infused with a variety of essential oils. This combination provides customers with a product that is both wholesome and health-enhancing.
Elderberries are known to support the immune system and act as a preventative for a variety of common ailments. When taken in the form of a syrup or jam several times a week, they work to maintain a healthy and strong immunity against common ailments and illnesses.
Sandra’s business is part of the Lubbock Local Food Web, and her products are available through her Facebook page @simpleessentials or at her booth at the Wolfforth Farmer’s Market which is open every weekend.