“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” – Michael Pollan
Farming should not be an isolated job.
The connection we can make with people who are interested in local, wholesome, real foods is an enormous benefit. It creates community, fellowship, and deep lasting friendships.
We were created to work together, to live together, to break bread together.
Farming can be a beautiful way to foster fellowship. From growing, raising, and sharing the fresh vegetables and meats. To preparing meals from your harvest. To sitting with friends and family giving thanks. This process is a wonderful God intended opportunity to cultivate relationships, and our society is choosing to let it slip away.
People are not only eating in their cars, they are feeding their children in the car. Rushing from activity to activity. Far removed from the dinner table, where we so desperately need to be. Meals are the perfect chance to love on one another, discussing daily life or hopes and dreams. The dinner table can be a beautiful place, positively influencing our children’s (and our own) goals and developing strong stable character.
My husband has lived away from home for the last seven months, working in Western Kansas. Living rural, I have never felt so removed from people as I have during this stage of our life, and I know he and our children feel it too.
We are not meant to be alone.
We are meant to be together.
To serve one another.
My love language is Acts of Service. Today, he moves back home, and I cannot wait to stuff his tummy full of our homegrown goodness as we sit around our table.
Raising food and preparing meals for others is my favorite way of saying, “I love you”, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Take a moment and enjoy one another through good food.