The task of gathering photos and information for this website sure took me on a journey down memory lane. As I sifted through boxes filled with old pictures I found myself transformed to another time. Even though I recognized it as my life I was greatly impacted by the flood of memories long forgotten. I saw my past in a different light and realized how much of what I do today is written in those photos. Nowhere is that more clear than with the poster you see here. “We need each other Let’s Get Together” was the theme for the very first Town & Country Day. Sponsored by the Washington County Dairy Promotion Committee this first ever invitation for the general public to spend the day on a real, working farm was hosted by my family. I remember that day; thousands of people visited and experienced the culmination of countless of hours of work on the part of dozens of volunteers. There were tours, demonstrations, food, games, hayrides, entertainment and more. All of this was done with the intention of exchanging information and bringing the farm and non- farm communities closer to each other. This event was a showcase for sustainability but not just as it applies to farming practices. Sustainability goes much further than the field or the barn. True sustainability is a philosophy that everyone involved in the system is sustained; that’s you (the consumer for instance) and me (the producer), and everyone else involved along the way.
But what does any of this have to do with artisan cheese? Well, we do more than sell you cheese, we sell you an experience. As agricultural ambassadors we want you to understand where your food came from and know a bit more about those who are responsible for bringing this product to market. For that moment you are closer to your food source than you have ever been. When you choose to invest and make a purchase you are taking that moment with you to your home so that you can continue the experience. We want you to know who is feeding you and your family. We Need Each Other….Let’s Get Together is as true today as it was in 1975. It demonstrates that we have always known the significance of working together to create a sustainable food production system.
Alisa Fava Fasnacht