At the risk of becoming tedious, we urge one and all to go out and beg, steal or borrow what they can of the essays of Mr. Wendell Berry and read, read, read them.  Find Bringing it to the Table and saturate yourself in it.  We offer this quote, for the moment and to be pondered:

“When farmers let themselves be persuaded to buy their food instead of grow it, they become consumers instead of producers and lose a considerable income from their farms.

This is simply to say that there is a domestic economy that is proper to the farming life and that it is different from the domestic economy of the industrial suburbs.”

We farmers should be growing the vast majority of what we eat, and if we are not, we are selling wholesale to buy retail, and we are selling the best to buy what is not so good.  A mug’s game, that.

Come to the PASA Winter Conference next weekend and let’s talk about it.butchering5