• Perhaps The World Ends Here (personal note)

    Perhaps The World Ends Here by Joy Harjo

    The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

    The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

    We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

    It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

    At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

    Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

    This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

    Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

    We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

    At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

    Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, whir we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

    I’ve always loved this poem, because it speaks so eloquently about the centricity of our relationship to food and the way that ripples out into the rest of life. We “table” like it’s a verb, coming together to share our lives, our senses and our selves. It is the foundation of our experience — controlling our attitudes, our energy levels, our comfort and our ability to dream about the future and protect it too. This is true in business as much as it is in my home and i cannot imagine it otherwise. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve people in their journey toward better health through these products and our interactions in the shop. When you walk inside, you are participating in a community that believes in creating access to quality foods and supportive information. I am working currently on a project (to be revealed soon) to hopefully encourage a broader experience of these things. I consider it an honor to work with each and every one of you and do not take lightly your decision to put your trust and your health in our hands. Thank you for supporting SFT and meeting us at the table. This is always the beginning of not only beautiful foods but also beautiful lives through healthy relationships to good quality food and the producers of it.