I like to say that Wendell Berry’s writing happens to you over time. His prolific slew of literature, non-fiction, and poetry–which span the topics of agriculture, community, faith and place– is slow and steady. It isn’t fiery, and not one of his many books could be described as a “page-turner.” But it does change a person. It moves them to think differently about how they live, and how their living affects other people around them or the land under them. It’s like his writing slowly moves in, setting up house, unpacking boxes and rearranging the furniture until one day, you realize you’re different.
For the second year in a row Real Local RVA hosted a Reverse Farmer’s Market intended to facilitate the wholesale relationships between growers and small scale producers with vendors interested in purchasing local food. Vasen Brewing Company were gracious hosts of the event. The typical farmer’s market format was reversed, and the vendors remained at their respective tables while the farmer’s and producers traveled the room.