This is not your typical story, for Anthony Boutard, of Ayers Creek Farm, is not your typical farmer. Trained as a forester, he and his wife, Carol, backed into farming – as he likes to tell it.
He shares many stories, including how he goes about deciding what to grow for a particular season, and shares his wealth of farming knowledge, some of it borrowed from indigenous cultures.
Anthony Boutard has lots of ideas and thoughts, and he’s a nonlinear thinker. As a result, I think this story stands out from the rest in terms of style. I wanted to make sure that his personality came through, and that his experience, and the rich flavors of his philosophy and approach to farming did not get left out during the editing process. Even the ending music was left out, it just didn’t fit here.
If you love food – good food – I hope this story will resonate with you. If it doesn’t matter to you what you eat or where it comes from, well, then, maybe you’ll get a sense what the fuss is all about. And, why (for those who can), it’s really important to support your local farmer. Anthony and Carol Boutard love eating good food, and lucky for us, they love to grow and sell it too. For those in the Portland, Oregon area, Ayers Creek Farm sells direct at the Hillsdale Farmers Market.
Have you ever tried to grow food during the winter months? Indoors with a few herbs, or maybe a cold frame with some lettuces? Or try curing sweet potatoes and squash to bring out their sweetness? Our local farmers have so much knowledge to share to help us understand and discover the good food around us. I encourage you to visit your local farmers market, many (at least in our area) are open in the winter, too.
Who is your Good Food Farmer?