My daughters are not little anymore. But when I took this photo recently of Farmer D, his wife Stephanie, and their new baby Tilden, those baby years came flooding back to me. Many new parents have a shocking realization that their newborn is truly a blank slate, and this happened to me. I bought healthier food when I was pregnant and really started thinking twice about the purchase decisions I was making after my babies were born. My girls are five years apart, so it was interesting to see how the market changed in that time frame, and, of course, now it’s a whole lot different than 12 and 17 years ago. Finding chemical-free, lighter-on-the-land consumer choices is often as easy as stopping at any store at all.
Sometimes, however, you truly do have to hunt for what you want, or you want to talk with someone who understands the product options and can advise you on your purchase decision. Supporting small, local stores that stock these best-of-class options (such as Farmer D Organics) not only helps you grow your family in a healthy way, but also helps you grow your community– something like 45 cents from every dollar spent at a locally-owned business gets recirculated right back into the local economy, as opposed to about 15 cents from every dollar spent at a chain store. Even if you don’t live in the metro-Atlanta area and can’t come to the Briarcliff Road store in person, you can help support this small business by ordering online either at the Farmer D Organics website or from Williams Sonoma’s new Agrarian line of products, which features Farmer D and a whole slew of other small business owners across the United States who are helping grow not just healthy families but healthy local economies. Talk about supporting local in a big way!
My daughters have grown up knowing that behind each “what” we have, there is a “who.” And the “who” behind Farmer D Organics is a young father working hard to grow yet another healthy family. Let’s help him out, even if it’s just a pack of basil seeds or some of his soil. It all adds up to a healthier community for all of us.
Curious about how things went with raising my daughters (and growing food, knowledge, and community)? See my book. Yes, you can get it at the store. And, thank you. (College tuition is just around the corner for this local business owner!)