This whole being a business owner thing is such a departure from my past life, yet it’s exhilarating in its very unfamiliarity. I’ve had a dream to be a shop owner for about five years now. I’ve added urban farmer to that dream this last year. 2013 brought its own challenges, but with those came valuable lessons. Though the year was more difficult than any in my recent history, I feel like I ended the year proud.
I’ve experienced a real change in my beliefs in regards to material possessions, recycling, reusing and shopping with intent. I’ve done a lot of research on our food supply, and I’ve become a real advocate for locally sourced whole foods. I’ve seen first hand how easy it is to become dependent on fast food solutions when they aren’t even food or solutions. The value menus draw in those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Folks are short on cash and time. After many hours of research on food content, I realized that we’re being bamboozled! Non-food items are being force fed to Americans every day, in every city, at every economic level.
I’m proud of the changes I’ve made to my thought processes about food. With that conviction comes a feeling of duty and my dream that has evolved into something so much more meaningful than just owning a shop. Dallas Urban Farms is opening The Farm Store in Dallas early this year. We will offer the freshest produce grown locally at Dallas Urban Farms, hand picked whole foods from other local farms, and a selection of thoughtfully chosen items.
My goal is to offer Dallas a shopping experience that is reminiscent of the mercantile of Main Street America’s past, in a fresh, urban, eco-thoughtful way. We want Dallas to have access to locally sourced whole foods in a store that offers the premier farm to market experience alongside and now you have the knowledge.