My husband and I had our chicken epiphany about 5 or 6 years ago. The epiphany was the moment we tasted chicken that had been raised humanely, free range and was as local as we could get. The eggs were a richer color and there was just no comparison to the taste of the meat. From then on, we continued to go to the local market and purchase meat and eggs from the family whose farm was called New Creation Farm. We loved our trips to the market, but we didn’t take the time to really acquaint ourselves with the farm. I’m embarrassed to say that it was more of a novelty at the time – a way for us to feel good about our suburban selves when we opened the fridge and had scrambled local eggs for breakfast. It wasn’t until we moved closer to New Creation Farm and took weekend trips to shop that we began to understand that there was so much more to this family than just the chicken (and pigs and sheep and cows).
The essence of Pie it Forward is reaching out to people who have touched my life by offering a small extension of gratitude. My initial gratitude towards this family was of course, the food. We’ve been eating their food for years now and I am certainly grateful for the time and effort that goes into the amazing products. But as I was making pie and thinking about why I was so grateful, it dawned on me that my gratitude had less to do with the food and much more to do with the mission behind the farm and the family.