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What Shapes Us: What We Eat

There are time periods and events in our lives that shape us most.  Sometimes we are aware of it happening, sometimes we are simply living our lives trying to get by.

As we all do our best to move through an unprecedented time, there is no doubt that this time period will shape us. 

It is my belief that what we do during certain time periods, who we are around (what's that quote about the 5 people around you being your biggest influence?), and what we do with our time, will impact us in ways we may not see now ~ but in retrospect the impact will be of great importance to who we have become, and how we affect those around us.

äventyr bicycle bags supports local farms and food systems 

Food from:  Mill City Farmer's Market, Featherstone Farms CSA, Eastside Food Co-op, Our Garden.  Dinnerware from Heath Ceramics

When the pandemic was declared and our daily lives quickly changed, including obtaining food, I started thinking more and more about the way Kurt and I purchase our food, and have done so for years, and why supporting where our food comes from has always been so important to us.  Even more so during a pandemic, we feel it is important that we support our local food system by shopping at our local co-op, and local farmers market ~ in turn supporting our local farmers.  The questions I started asking myself the last few weeks have been: 

  • Why is it so important to me that we support the restaurants?
  • Why is it so important to me that we continue to shop at our local food co-op?
  • Why is it so important to me that we support our local farmers market, and in turn its farmers?
  • Why is it so important to me that we signed up last year for a CSA delivery?

And then it clicked. 

As I sat watching, Alice Waters talk to Guy Raz, I remembered back to a time period in our life, and a series of events during that time, that have shaped us/me most.

äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt when they lived in NorCal, 2002

Kurt and I and our best friend Dunker (RIP) upon arrival in San Francisco (2002); ready to start our new life.

The time period was 2002-2006.  We were living in Mill Valley, CA and I was working in San Francisco at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  The events were my daily life:  commuting two hours a day across the Golden Gate Bridge and reading voraciously like I never have before (or since).

äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt in Bath, England äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt at the Louvre, Paris, France äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt at Pont du Gard, France äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt in Amsterdam

Bath England, The Louvre in Paris, Pont du Gard in Provence, Amsterdam...

And, we were both traveling A LOT.  Belgium, The Netherlands, England, France, Germany...

äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt in New York, NY äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt in Napa, CA

New York, Sonoma

New York, Los Angeles, as well as exploring our home area ~ Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties.

äventyr bicycle bags owners DeAnn & Kurt used to live in the Bay Area

The City (local's tip:  never call it San Fran).

Dining out in San Francisco was a sport, a form of entertainment, a way of life.  We had learned before we moved to the Bay Area that what we put in our bodies had direct effects on our health, but living in the Bay Area ~ the heart of the eat local movement, it became a way of life.  The restaurants we were eating at made it a priority to share with us what exactly we were eating, and where it came from, by putting that information on their menu, and/or discussing it with us.  This 'conversation' about local food was part of our daily life.

 äventyr bicycle bags owner DeAnn, Gatwick airport 2003

Gatwick arrival, 2003

It was during this time, and these events, that I also had two specifically formative moments of food education from my reading during all that time on the bus and on airplanes:

  1. Reading Michael Pollan in the NYT
  2. Reading about Alice Water's eye opening experience with strawberries

When I watched the NPR at home talk between Guy Raz and Alice Waters (and her daughter Fanny) last week, it all came flooding back.  Food, and where it comes from, and what we put in our bodies, was simply something in the air that we breathed in when we lived in Northern California (maybe that is not the best analogy during Covid-19...); it was an aura, the atmosphere, a way of life...  Before anyone was really talking about food and how it supported our bodies, Northern California was definitely talking about it.  And it is still the air we breathe.

äventyr bicycle bags supports the Mill City Farmers Market

2019 at Mill City Farmers Market.  2020 is going to look NOTHING like this...

This is why we have chosen to donate a portion of our sales of Face Coverings to the Mill City Farmers Market Farmer Relief Fund.  We are making Face Coverings to support our community, and in turn putting money back into our community to support the food system we so dearly value.

If you need a face covering, we hope you will join us and our passion for food, and supporting what has become even more in focus during a pandemic - the importance of a local and organic food chain.  Again...

There are time periods and events in our lives that shape us most.  Sometimes we are aware of it happening, sometimes we are simply living our lives trying to get by.

~DeAnn (and Kurt)

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More reading on this topic from our post about Mill City Farmers Market 2019