"To eat good food is to be close to God."

Why do I love farming? Of course, I could give you a deeply philosophical response, peppering it with the sage wisdom of Wendell Berry, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Hippocrates, the go-to Michael Pollan and other agrarian-minded thinkers. However, my honest, extremely primal answer as to why I love my job is, well, the food! (Thus, the rationale behind the post title, from Primo of the food lover's favorite movie, "Big Night." So, in my defense: I'm not using the Lord's name in vain when I react to the flavors of fresh, unbelievably delicious food; rather, it's an expression of a spiritual awakening of sorts...)

After a grueling week, my friend (shout-out - Nicole!) and I prepared ourselves an epic, well-deserved meal, with the latest from the field. The menu?

  • Mixed vegetable frittata with fresh garlic
  • Chopped salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, basil, avocado and mixed lettuces
  • Simple tomato, mozzarella and basil salad

  • Roasted zucchini boats with cherry tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese
  • And, last, but not least..chocolate zucchini cake:

In a word: Unreal. The ingredients pretty much cooked themselves.

If no other reason to eat seasonally, locally grown (preferably grown by farmers using sustainable environmental and social practices), it's this: Consume it for the immense joy and satisfaction that you get from preparing, eating, savoring the bounty and sharing the meal with friends. 

I recognize that I have become quite fortunate/spoiled to work on farms over the past few years and have subsequently grown to expect this type of delicious food. It's a tough lifestyle, but I'm up for the challenge!

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