When I was a little girl, I loved cheeseburgers.
That’s right- cheeseburgers.
I would order them whenever my family would take me out to dinner, regardless of the restaurant’s cuisine. Emperor of China? Cheeseburger. Las Palmas? Cheeseburger.
This wouldn’t have been a problem except that I also loved cows. I collected cow figurines and stuffed animals. I admired the black and white beauties grazing in their pastures as our family car drove by.
The moment I discovered that my favorite food was also my favorite animal was a turning point in my life. I wondered,
“Why didn’t anyone tell me this?!”
The fact is, deep down I did know, but you can’t blame me for “forgetting” this traumatic fact. It was easy for me to put it in the back of my mind. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and had never visited a farm before. As far as I knew, food came from the grocery store.
As I grew up, I decided this needed to change. People needed to be connected to their food, they needed to meet their farmers and support local, good food. Thus, Farmfork was born.