Before leaving for vacation, I put in a book request at the library and soon after coming home, the email arrived...Your requested book has arrived at your local library, please come pick it up. So I did. And I am glad I did.
My request was for Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin...of Polyface Farm...You know, the guy from Food, Inc. At my house he's known as Joel...as in when I giggle at a line from the book and my husband asks..."What did Joel say this time?" Eventually leading to his, "If I wanted to read the book, I would read it myself...not have it read to me one line at a time..."
Yes, this is one of those rare books that have a message, but it's written in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting in the kitchen, cup of tea in hand, talking to the author. He tells stories, lets you know about the local food battles he's fought both the wins and losses, and gives you real dollar numbers on the craziness that is a farmer just trying to get his product out there with corporate America attacking from all sides.
We're fortunate to live in Western PA, because in a few short weeks, I get to go see him talk at the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs, PA...just a short drive from our home. We went to the first one a few years back, but for one reason or another couldn't go last year. This time we are just going for the day and without kids. This way we can actually stop, look, listen and enjoy the day without hearing "This is boring!" and "I'm hungry." or "The bees are going to sting me!" every time they come across the bees in a ant farm-esque habitat (sealed in so they couldn't attack if they wanted to.)
I am also a lucky girl because I am going to see Temple Grandin speak not once, but twice in the month of September. Once at an Autism conference and once at the Fair...okay I'm just a lucky girl. I'll stop rubbing it in.