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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Market Philosophy

So, the tango metaphor may be stretched a little thin here, but, that aside, I wanted to share this video — it's a lovely piece about one of the big players at the All-Local Farmers' Market, Emile DeFelice of Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork. I love Emile's philosophy on meat and food, and I love watching his pigs dig around for "protein" on his heavily wooded property.

RIDE THAT PIG TO GLORY from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

Emile founded Columbia's All-Local Farmers' Market, and his philosophy is a huge reason I am an avid supporter. Says he: "I am not a revolutionary. I don't advocate overturning the system. I understand that Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie will always be there, and that's fine. What I insist upon is providing a parallel food system so that folks have a choice. It goes beyond Emile's pig farm. What I'm trying to do here is offer folks a chance to get good food and to be able to talk with their producers and endorse with their dollar and their fork the production systems that they approve of."

As an added bonus, I will be at the market again Saturday, filling in for my sister at the Beautiful Briny Sea salt table. Swing on by: 8 a.m. to noon, 711 Whaley Street.

Perhaps precious baby piglet Juliette will also make a repeat appearance.


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