Organic Coffee = Happy Farmer

It’s  3:40 am – my coffee is already in my hand as I write this post.  This is an early morning even for me.  I usually get an hour to an hour and a half more hours of sleep.  It’s Easter weekend, however, and there are a lot of things that have to be accomplished.  Coffee gets the morning started right.  It also helps me keep a smile on my face when things aren’t going perfectly.  There are a lot of things to be accomplished every day on the farm.  No time for naps!

I bet the word “organic” caught your attention for a moment when you read the title.  After all, I am an alpaca farmer, why on earth am I writing about organic coffee?  Well, as an alpaca farmer I hang out with all the other farmers and vendors at the farmers markets.  It is amazing how much I have changed what I eat and drink based off what they have told me.  The coffee people shared information about the pesticides sprayed on regular coffee to keep bugs away – gross.  I don’t want to drink pesticides on a daily basis.  Does that mean that I never drink non-organic coffee or never go to Dunkin’ Donuts?  Of course I do.  When I am traveling home from festivals I need my almond milk latte just you guys.  But in the morning my travel mug contains organic coffee. (Usually my 2nd or 3rd cup of the day.)   I just try my best to drink organic coffee as much as I can.  It is a small change that makes a big difference.  Little changes like this can really add up to improve your health.

Truth be told, I have learned a lot of amazing facts about food, tonics, coffee and even soaps and lotions from my fellow farmers that have made me a much healthier person.  They have helped me be very conscious of not putting chemicals in or on my body.  Next time you go to a farmer’s market, be sure to ask the farmers questions.  They are a wealth of knowledge.  The ones that I have encountered have been exceptionally nice and helpful.  They make a living growing your food and are experts at it.  They usually know quite a few wonderful ways you can cook their fruits and vegetables also.    When you stop by my booth I will even share with you why you should be wearing natural fibers instead of plastic if you ask.  (And yes, a lot of clothing is made of plastic!)  And of course, I will likely have a cup of coffee in my hand while talking to you….