Today at the Anchorage Farmers’ Market (15th & Cordova, in Central Lutheran’s parking lot) I met Sarah Bean, co-owner of Arctic Organics. Very friendly, down-to-earth–no pun intended.
It makes such a world of difference in the confidence I feel in this food, having met the people growing it.
The word that comes to mind is “trustworthy.” For the safety and healthfulness of the food we purchase in the grocery store, we rely on government regulations and inspections (extremely random, as I understand), corporate fear of being sued, and blind faith that people we have never met wouldn’t do anything that would harm us.
Buying local from people I’ve met is a completely different experience. And I like it. I like it a lot.