{Know Your Farmer} an announcement.

Things happen for a reason. After 35 years on the planet, I’m a believer.

I lost my job at the end of February due to lack of funding. A “fresh” start…I could duck & weave in a new career direction. The problem is: I have a son with multiple health issues so full-time daycare is not a viable option at the moment, so I am one of those hard-to-employ part-time mama types. I can work a handful of hours a week out of the home, a handful of hours out of the home but if Miles is sick or there is a snow day; I’m the one staying home. Who wants to hire that?!

I quickly found out…

A few weeks of unemployment and snow days and I was ready for the new change. I was more anxious than I thought I would be. Yes, money was weighing heavily on my mind but also the idea of not having a career anchor. I was thinking “maybe the blog can turn into something” and “open some doors“… all in good time.

As I mentioned on a previous post, I helped Michael Kilpatrick at his farm’s table at the CSA Fair at the Troy Farmers Market a few weeks ago. It started innocently, Michael posted a question on the KFF Facebook page asking what he should do for the fair? I replied that the ladies of From Scratch Club, all CSA members to various farms in the region, should man the booth, answer questions from the perspective of an actual shareholder. He quickly replied “yes”. I wasn’t too serious at first when I posted it but quickly agreed. Who’s a better person to speak to about joining a CSA than a member?

At the CSA fair, Michael & I quickly gelled and I was overcoming with happiness explaining the general CSA process to interested individuals and families. Just as we all do here on the blog, we share recipes and stories many of them based from the fact that we know our farmer or small food business purveyor and are committed to publishing honest stories of how we link our food dollars to the local community and then to our plates.

Truly from farm to table with mishaps and funny stories along the way. Its our journey and we want to get other people interested, excited and passionate about showing the world at large that “there is a growing number of people who believe in sustainable, organic, small-scale farming is an important piece of the environmental, social justice, animal welfare and economic puzzle for the future. In addition, on a personal level, there is not a more important education for my food-allergic son than learning the variety of vegetables and fruits but also about the soil-to-table process. Actually KNOWING the men and women who grow the food he eats. As for me, being apart of the farming community has transformed my quality of life; Wednesdays & Saturdays are sacred farmers market days. Lastly, unlike the aisles & aisles of “food” at our local grocery story, everything*** that is grown by our local farmers is safe for Miles to eat; it opens up a world of possibilities for his ever-expanding palette.” My quote from our “Why Join a CSA” post in conjunction with the CSA Fair.

My life has dramatically changed, for the better, since I began shopping religiously at farmers markets way back when I lived in Venice Beach, CA during the mid-2000’s. Locally, when I moved to the City of Saratoga Springs, with my then-boyfriend-now-husband, in late 2007. Four year ago I was a very quiet weekly farmers market customer. Can you believe it?! I never spoke to anyone, just grabbed my veggies, paid my money, and left. What do I say? What do we “talk” about?

Over the months, Dick & Peg from Brookside Farm and Michael’s brother, Phillip, became new members of my weekly social network. Slooooowly, I came out of my shell and started talking food. Especially once my son Miles was born and by 2 months old was beginning his difficult journey with asthma, severe food allergies and GI issues, I began my passion to learn everything about our current food system as my son’s life depends on it. Three meals and 2 snacks a day. Everyday.

So here I am today; a vocal advocate for local, sustainable, and ethical food system on this blog AND in an official capacity as Kilpatrick Family Farm’s newest team member, CSA Coordinator*. I couldn’t be happier.

I will be bringing you more news via {weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION, coming up in a few hours**** and also on Monday. Michael & I will have a very exciting announcement. Before all that happens, please come by the Saratoga Farmers Market on Saturday, 9am-1pm, and say hello. Start a conversation. I won’t bite.


*** Unfortunately my husband & I found out this week, although we had physical proof for the past few months, that during the past year Miles’ immune system has begun thinking pea protein and sesame protein is also a virus, like his protein allergy to dairy, soy, tree nuts and peanut. So no sugar snap or snow peas for us this season!

* I will be clearly disclosing this relationship on every post going forward and my bio will be updated shortly.

**** As to better serve our readers, I am moving {weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION to Friday nights. Give you more time to plan your weekend!

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Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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20 Comments on “{Know Your Farmer} an announcement.”

  1. Amy Hachem
    April 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Congratulations on your new position! The entire Kilpatrick family and crew are fantastic, energetic and downright awesome people (yep Michael, you are gonna have to deal with the complements lol). I am a very satisfied CSA member and mama to a peanut-egg-tree nut allergic little one plus an incredibly picky (but wonderful) spectrum-kiddo (so i feel your pain!). Love the blog… keep up the good work!

    • April 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

      Hey Amy! Thanks for the warm welcome and the nice compliment on the blog. PLEASE introduce yourself tomorrow at the market! We have many, many things in common!

    • April 6, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Thanks Amy! I hope to meet you at the Stand in the coming weeks… Oh, and I started a food allergy support group, 3rd Monday every month, Gatsby Room, Saratoga Springs Publi Library, 7pm. Please come if you wanna share, vent, cry, scream… We have a few peanut/tree nut/egg combo parents. Somehow Miles does not have an egg allergy…yet.

  2. April 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Congratulations Christina! That is such a super opportunity. :)

    • April 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks Celia!!!! I’m excited.

  3. April 2, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Congratulations! What great fit, i love when life happens like that!

  4. Dianna
    April 2, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    doesn’t mean you will be excused from being a paralegal in my theoretical law firm.

    • April 6, 2011 at 12:08 am #

      You bet Dianna.. I hope we’re adding theoretical parole appeals to the list of issues we handle.


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