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….