My poor, poor blog.
I’ve been neglecting the hell out of it, but for good reason…I’ve been busy.
I just got home from visiting Bettini Farm in Greensboro, NC. Every farmer I talk to adds fuel to the fire that is my mobile farmers market in progress. Deb and Randy Bettini are incredible folks and in addition to full-time jobs, maintain a spectacular, sustainable farm. They will be providing my truck with 100% naturally grown italian heirloom tomatoes, onions, leafy greens, carrots and tomatoes.
In addition, I’m also going to be getting raw grape cider, raw honey, shitake mushrooms and all pastured chicken eggs from these wonderful folks.
They were gracious enough to send me home with some veggies that I picked out of the ground myself and a jar of their homemade grape jelly. I had to throw one of my shoes in there so you could truly appreciate the size of that freaking head of cabbage.
I toured their vineyards, chicken coops, vegetable beds, beehives and workshops. They have 6 varieties of grapes and were more than happy to explain the process of turning a little grape seedling into wine, jelly and cider.
We talked for over two hours about how Randy’s grandfather came straight from Italy, bringing heirloom varieties of different vegetables with him and starting his own farm, the very same one I just visited, from scratch back in 1910. Deb and Randy are still practicing the same techniques that started the farm and are well researched in sustainable farming and green technology. They make their own compost, have an extremely over-protective but quick to warm up to strangers pet coonhound and invited Jessi and I over for a home cooked dinner whenever we want. They wouldn’t even consider taking any of my money in exchange for the awesome food they sent me home with. Just look at this place:
One day, hopefully in the near future, it’s going to be my job to visit farms like this and help farmers like Deb and Randy Bettini make a living by providing their naturally raised food to as many people as possible.
Keep your eye on kickstarter.com in the near future. I have a feeling that a dreamer trying to turn a school bus into a sustainable machine providing sustainable food might be showing up soon…