Every now and again, it's good to come face-to-face with a reminder of the skills, determination, and hard work it takes to be an organic farmer in this world. I wrote a post about this last summer, after a particularly grueling day on my organic farming apprenticeship.
I recently spent some days volunteering my time at Wysmykal Farm, working alongside owners Jessy and Charles who kindly provided the exquisite cherry tomatoes for today's recipe.
From the few days I spent on their farm, I was blown-away by the productive CSA that they run and the tremendous knowledge and skills that they have gathered in their relatively short time as first-generation farmers.
It gave me hope for my own farming aspirations, and in a bigger sense, for the future of our food supply. And hope is what we need in a system where our governments give subsidies to farmers who spray chemicals and grow GMOs, while organic farmers are forced to pay fees to get certified. Shouldn't it be the other way around??
If I can recommend you do one thing this summer : spend some time on an organic farm. Offer to spend a day or two pitching in with the weeding (you will most likely be greeted with open arms). Aside from a great work-out, listening to the birds and breathing fresh air all day, the hard work will give you a new appreciation for what it means to grow food in a way that doesn't harm the planet and all the critters and living things around us. Because in a time where our food supply is in crisis due to massive honeybee die-offs linked to pesticide use, chemical residues tainting our food, and the spread of GMO crops creating superweeds (which demand ever more toxic chemicals), it really is a good practice to regularly remind ourselves that by supporting organic farming, we're not only feeding ourselves healthier food, but we're also contributing to a better world. One in which the people who work day in and day out, growing food in ways that don't harm the world, can make a livelihood. In my mind, there is no better way to invest in the future.
I hope you'll make this delicious cherry tomato galette. It's the best thing I've made this summer (well, aside from semifreddo which I'm currently obsessed with... stay tuned for a recipe). Get the cherry tomato galette recipe over here on PBS Food. Bon appétit mes amis!