Yesterday, Field Goods was given the New York State National Disability Employment Awareness Month award (category of 25 to 99 employees) and recognized as the number one company in the state for our work with hiring disabled individuals! Click the photo to the left and watch our award video. The other recipient was Puzzles Bakery and Café. Puzzles’ mission is to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities, specifically autism.
So here we have two small, women-owned food businesses selected among hundreds of companies around the state. One business sells cookies and the other kohlrabi. Both rely on people to create their products and in that we see the power of local food. Mechanical pickers, scanners, harvesters, dumpers, and conveyers are not an option nor could they be for the product we offer…no more than hand-made shoes can be made without hands.
At Field Goods, we often talk about how, because of our customers, we are able to provide healthy food and support small farming. We don’t talk as much about how you help us create meaningful work for so many people. And so we thank you, our customers, as the individuals that make it possible for us to deliver our bags to your pick-up locations:
- Thank You librarians that have opened your doors
- Thank You PTA volunteers and school staff that spread the word
- Thank You small businesses, gyms, and restaurants that share your scarce space with our bags
- Thank You human resource associates that care about your employees’ health and the environment
We were struck by a New York Times photo essay “The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture”. Two of several large agriculture companies were profiled.
Grimmway Farms is one of the largest carrot growers in the world, and uses 360-degree high-speed cameras and sensors to spot defective carrots.
Earthbound Farm uses a harvester, with a self-sterilizing blade and air-jet collecting mechanism, that can harvest 10,000 pounds of lettuce per hour using a crew of only 12 — something that once (and still does in the land of small farms) would have taken a 40-person crew all day.
Well, we don’t have 360-degree scanning cameras and our farmers don’t use air-jet collecting mechanisms. We have people.
This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Did you know that broccoli rabe is more closely related to turnips than broccoli? It is NOT supposed to have big flower heads like broccoli. To prepare, trim the stems, toss with garlic & olive oil, add a splash of liquid, and sauté for a few minutes (you do not need to peel the stems). Toss with pasta and some good Parmesan cheese, or with rice and soy sauce.