I keep asking myself where this market is going and trying to remember why it is important. It’s been so hard and so blessed to have amazing people to take over for me. I’ve been so distracted but I sense it coming back…
I keep thinking about my dad limping around while he served customers their apples and my heart hurts so much. I never imagined in a million years that the limp could mean he wouldn’t be with us in a few months. I think about how bad it was the last time and how he just suffered through a lung cancer tumour that had eaten away at his femur bone. I’m stopped dead in my tracks.
What’s happening here?
Why would nature do this to itself?
I imagine that there is a hard and very painful lesson for us here.
The first time he was in the hospital, before we knew the severity of what was happening, he handed me some business cards he had made. They said “The Wandering Market” and had his name on them with my name and Michaels. A team of three never meant to be.
It’s been a roller coaster of emotions and adjusting and learning since then. I’m in BC to be with him and running the market from afar.
Seeing it from a distance is making me see things. I want to do more. Help more. What do people need?
We need more options and they need to be affordable. I’m at a restaurant right now and most of what they serve is local organic foods. The salad pictured below is from “heart beet” in Kimberley and it’s local sliced beets with local creamy feta and local micro greens with walnuts. It felt amazing to eat it and it’s inspired me for new recipes It’s easy to eat well here. I can do it without thinking as every corner has a grocery store or cafe with good food that’s holds up to my standards. Even the hospital had organic coffee and local organic cream. There’s an amazing dairy by here. I want this for my Saskatchewan peeps. It’s growing and that why we keep on. We will be strong and our children will eat well and not have to search and worry and doubt as we have had to do. We need to keep on as there’s so much further to do.
And so I want to leave you with my latest inspiration … I want to try for the March orders, offering food boxes and $100 meat packs at cost for people that are struggling to afford good food. There will be the option to pay $100 or $75 for each and people can choose what they pay depending on their circumstances.
I don’t know what will come of it or if it’ll work or if it’ll make us go broke but we have to try. We have to try for a better future where everyone has good food in their bellies.
The market means everything to me. And that is why: for The people that have come together for the common good.
Much love to you all.