FRESH – a recap

On Saturday we opened our home for a private screening of FRESH the movie.  I posted about it our decision to become more conscientious in our choices of food and lifestyle HERE.  We only had a couple of people respond to our invitation to “dinner and a movie” however a movement doesn’t often begin with a nation, but a few.   The night was so much fun, and while I had fully anticipated snapping some photos of the gathering, I was almost immediately caught up in the fellowship and completely forgot to grab my camera.

Sam and I discussed our menu at great length – especially considering the nature of the event.  You wouldn’t want to serve a ton of “cruelty foods” at an event promoting a healthy, sustainable, local (dare I say FRESH) food system.  So we scrapped tons of menu suggestions and opted for something simple and flavorful – fajitas.  I decided to get the ladies involved in the process too by having them make the tortillas for dinner.  I’d made up the dough ahead of time using freshly ground whole wheat flour, and it was their job to roll and cook the flat breads.  I was so surprised to hear that my friends had never really made their own tortillas (and the one who had tried it never got it to work quite right).  I think they discovered it was simpler than they originally though, much more flavorful than the garbage you buy in the grocery store, and they did a great job!

After dinner, we headed to the media room for the movie.  It was awesome.  Sam and I previewed it a week ago so we knew what to expect, but none of the others had seen it yet.  It was eye-opening for some and a familiar recap for other.  If you’ve seen Food, Inc. you’ll be very familiar with most of the main players in FRESH – Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Will Allen, and others.

The discussion after the movie was so much fun.  Sam shared a bit about our vision for the future and what we’re trying to accomplish with East of Eden Farms.  There is so much we’d like to do in the next year or two and we’re so excited about how it will improve the quality of our life, and what it can do to improve others lives as well.  You might say he was preaching to the choir as there were lots of head nods among the group, but we all agree that what we’ve got now is a broken system that just doesn’t work.  Not all of our friends can devote a large part of their time to growing a full garden, or milking their own cow, or gathering their own eggs, or shearing their own sheep, or gathering their own honey, or raising their own meat rabbits and fish.  And some of them don’t even want to do those things.  But we all understand the importance of eating better.  Eating locally.  And supporting the farmers who are trying to bring this fresh, herbicide and pesticide free foods to us.  Yes, the cost is more.  But the food is worth more too.

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