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This little story sprang almost organically from the ground. We were filming a work party at a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm where volunteers were harvesting fresh potatoes from the field. It was an autumn day, and about a dozen people were out digging, pulling up fresh potatoes, and placing them into boxes for the next CSA pick-up.
Nilla Persson, one of the volunteers in the group came up to me, and asked if she could share a personal story with us. Without any further preparation, Rebecca turned the camera upon her, as she began. It was obvious to us, this was one of those family stories that survive over the years to be told at appropriate moments, and that represent an important symbolic event in a person’s life.
The cool thing about Nilla’s story is that her young son developed a taste early in life for fresh vegetables. In a way, many of us forget that our food comes from farms because we often purchase them directly from the supermarket, where year-round availability of fruits and vegetables are not always the best substitute for fresh, and seasonal foods.
Once the taste for fresh foods are developed, the frozen and canned varieties never quite taste the same. I hope that never changes!