Tracey Jackson

Jul 17 2011 | Comments


After the war the big super markets were the thing, they  stood for all things American. They were new big, new, shiny, clean and full of everything, much of which has proven not to be good for us. What we didn’t know was that our milk,  meat and chicken were filled with hormones and antibiotics. Preservative ladened packaged foods that OK – some tasted pretty good, it’s hard to beat Rice a Roni or Sara Lee cakes, but the additives like salt, sugar and fat have proven to be deadly. We also did not know that much about the the farming in this country. We didn’t know it was owned and regulated by big business. It was not the mom and pop farming of yesteryear. But in fairness those were times of bigger is better and doctors smoked cigarettes in front of you.
But we have since learned that getting our food from the land without the middleman of the packager, and the big companies is a much better way to go. The growth of small farms and farmers who farm without harmful chemicals and take their food to small Farmers Markets the old fashioned way has been a great gift to America and those who have access to them.
The new film Farmageddon shows us how these people and their livlihoods are being threatened and if the monoliths of the food industry have their way they will not exist.
I think there should more small farmers and that they should be given tax incentives to make their food more affordable and available to a wider swath of the population. I think instead of trying to snuff them out we need to help them, and in turn help ourselves.
Many of us are lucky and have Farmers’s Markets all around us. The food looks and tastes better and it’s amazing how creative and inventive people are getting with their products.
Saturday Lucy and I took a trip to the local Farmers Market, when we left she said – “We have to do this every week.”

So you have to peel them and wash them, takes a little more time but worth the effort.

What's better for you - these or the instant ones in a box? Plus look at those colors.


Everything just looks and tastes better.

I'm not a chard lover, but it's a super food and this is so pretty I'm willing to give it another shot.

Lucy is not what you would call a vegetable lover, but she was eating cucumbers raw with the special salt we found.

This stuff is amazing and much healthier than the stuff you get at the market.

My favorite food. The whole wheat is actually really good for you!

I love that they use honey and not sugar and they add verbena. It's not cheap but a great treat.

So it's not a drinking glass when you're done, but you can recycle it.

This might have had some white sugar and flower but it was really good! We shared a piece.

Donna McCue of Fat Ass Fudge has a great product and a sense of humor

They always have pretty flowers.

You even run into famous artists like Linda Bengalis who is about to have a big show at MOCA in LA.

Our haul!

There is a new film out called Farmegeddon. It is getting great reviews and was edited by Cob Carlson who edited Lucky Ducks for us. Cob has been involved with the natural food movement for decades.

Farmageddon – Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

Kristin Canty is the Director/Producer of Farmageddon; The Unseen War on American Family Farms.  She is a first-time film maker, small farm advocate, fresh milk drinker and a mom.  One of her children was ridden with multiple allergies and asthma as a pre-schooler, and when medications couldn’t help him, she found that raw milk helped him recover.  Since then, she has tried to buy most of her family’s food directly from local, organic farms. When Kristin learned that farmers and co-ops all over the country were increasingly getting raided by the government, she set out to  make a film about it. She hopes that when people see it, it can change the tide of public pressure so that our government stops harassing and adding costly burdens to our small, organic farmers.

  • Looks amazing. And such an important message. We need to regain control of our food. Hey, Tim has a fabulous, unbelievable Swiss Chard recipe–so good it is on my top ten list of foods I request when he is cooking!!!!

  • I want to steal this post and put it up on my own blog (about learning to be a ‘small farmer’ and my journey into finding out about ‘real food’ and other adventures). Let me know if you would let me do this!!! Great post, thank you so much.

  • Cob

    Tracey: You are the BEST!!!. Thanks for the plug for this timely and important film.

    It is great that you are procuring food from the Farmers’ Market and setting such a good example for Lucy.

    Hope you are enjoying the ocean.


  • Christopher Morrow

    I’ll do my best to plug the film to all my friends as well. Going to meet with an old college nutrition professor this week. Will get her to recommend the film to her students.

  • Richard Kossow

    We are all used to Governments who pick our pockets, but when they start preventing us from eating wholesome food, it’s time to act. You might like to mention the holy priestess of unadulterated food, Barbara Kingsolver–especially her book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”.

  • great post. which market did you go to?

  • tracey

    Sag Harbor.

  • Tracey: I LOVE your blogs. In California, of course, we have tons of Farmers Markets not to mention so many Whole Foods stores (even Trader Joes). Can’t wait to see the film. We are working with a book entitled THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GARDENER: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally in October. Jere Gettle is preserving seeds to keep the food lines pure, as well. We’ll send you a copy soon. Love and blessings, Judy