Although a lot of local food related interest has been generated in recent months (almost an incredible amount since I started this Degree 13 months ago), options are still incredibly limited and consumers continue to be isolated from the realities of the food industry. In fact, its pretty hard to figure out how food actually makes it from the ground to the table, especially while wandering the aisles of the grocery store. There seems to be a level of engagement lacking, that I have to blame partially on the current network of supermarkets and farmers markets. To put it simply; they are inadequate. While reading the book Hungry City by Carolyn Steel, I found a quote that I think speaks to what I am doing very well.
"Wherever food markets survive, they bring a quality to urban life that is all too rare in the West: a sense of belonging, engagement, character."