Photo: Ric Murphy in front of his operation, Sol Harvest Farm taken by Danny Lopez
We work with a network of over sixty-five local farmers, ranchers and food artisans. These important connections allow us to bring to you fresh seasonal food throughout the year. Despite the fact that New Mexico is considered a ‘food desert’ we are fortunate to have an ever-growing number of restaurants that are committed to sourcing as much local food as possible. This is not easy nor cheap but it is very important to us.
The October 9 issue of the New York Times Magazine was dedicated to food and reminds us of the influence that Big Food (agriculture and meat) has on our country and the struggle that our federal government has in trying to regulate these industries. It’s a very complicated issue, but suffice it to say, that we are many years away from needed and important reforms in these industries. Through an abundance of research, increased education and more and more documentary films, we have been given a glimpse of the darker sides of these industries which include the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, the poor treatment of animals, the inequality that exists between farmers and ranchers and the large food companies, and the incredible power of the big industries’ lobbying arms.
These issues may seem daunting but they do give us cause to rejoice and celebrate our local food producers. At Farm & Table we have seen more people join the ranks of the local food movement and we now have more opportunities throughout the year to enjoy fresh and healthy food. During the spring and fall growing and harvesting seasons there seem to be food festivals, special dinners and events, and farmer’s markets almost every week. According to the Times the local food industry now accounts for about $50 billion per year. As we can see, there are a myriad of opportunities to remain informed, educated and inspired by our efforts to support and enjoy our local food economies. Now, in this abundant harvest season let’s not forget to give thanks to all of those farmers, ranchers and food artisans who work so hard to bring us wonderful food and improved health!