Our farmer’s market season starts on May 20th. I love going to the market and setting out samples of everything I have. I wish I could put up a secret camera to capture the face of people who come to my table with a friend who wants a sample. When asked if they’d like to taste also, they shake their head vigorously and scrunch up their mouth in that “I can’t stand that stuff” kind of way. Usually because they’ve had goat cheese in the past and, as much of the mass produced products are, it was not up to the quality of something handmade with care and love. I promise them my cheese is not ‘goaty’.
Sometimes we (me and their friend) can convince them to take a little taste. And then comes the moment I wish I could capture forever. Eyes widen, lips begin to curl into a pleasantly surprised smile…and they ask for another taste of a different flavor.
My work here is done.
So, we’re doing this thing. It’s called a Kiva Zip loan and it’s got to be the most wonderful thing for small businesses since tax deductions!! They offer 0% interest loans to help small businesses, many of them agriculture and food based, grow and do other things that will benefit them, their employees, their community. And they don’t even look at your credit score! This is how I want the whole world to operate. Between that mentality and a good trade/barter system, we just might have a little hope for our planet.
Here is what we’re going to do with our loan funds (And I know we’re going to get them because I’ve been watching in awe, all morning, as lenders keep popping in and contributing). We knew we’d need a new barn, but we sure didn’t expect it to be this year!! But I’ve had to add so many goats to the herd just to keep up with demand for cheese, that it’s definitely getting cozy in the little round top. Add eleven new kids born last month… well, I think I might have a rebellion on my hands if we don’t do something soon.
What we have now.
What we are going to have. (It’s 24 x 40)
Which one do you want to live in? 🙂 To read more about our Kiva loan project, follow the yellow brick link.