5 Reasons Why I Love the Fresh Stop by Amber Burns
Fresh Stop season has come to a close and shareholders everywhere are missing their fresh veggies. Although the conclusion of the season is disheartening it has allowed me to take some time and reflect on the things I love most about the Fresh Stop.
5 Reasons Why I Love the Fresh Stop (in descending order)
5. The Neighborhood Too often we drive through entire neighborhoods without appreciating the journey. We remain isolated in our vehicles and never turn our heads and do not absorb the beauty of the architecture, the greenery, the fact that someone walked the same road decades ago.
4. The Food You would think that food would be #1 on my list, however, it comes in at #4. The produce at the fresh stop is nothing less than magical. It is alive and filled with the love of the farmers who cultivated such beautiful items for our consumption.
3. The Farmers We are so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing local Farmers and Urban Growers! We partner with 37 farmers in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Our main growers are the farmers of the South Central (Ky) Produce Growers, a consortium of 13 African American farmers. These dedicated individuals have blessed us with freshly picked, organic food for the entirety of the growing season and we cannot expressive how thankful we are for their efforts. WE LOVE OUR FARMERS!
2. The Organic Education The organic exchange of knowledge that occurs at Fresh Stops and during our Food Justice Classes is something I could not imagine until I had experienced it for myself. New Roots creates a space where all voices are valued and suddenly, the magic happens. Community members across barriers of race, age, gender and class come together and share their experiential knowledge. The youth hear the history of their neighborhood from the elders. The elders become more aware of the current food system and how it functions. Everyone has a piece of the puzzle and together we form a whole.
1.Community Empowerment Community Empowerment is by the far the best and most celebrated element of the Fresh Stop. Communities teaching one another how the fish is the only way that Fresh Stops are able to sustain. Our leaders take ownership and continue to always rise to the occasion. They are what the Fresh Stop is all about and I am so grateful that they allow me to learn from them everyday.