I am blogging today from the Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference in Morris, Manitoba.
Well, actually from my hotel room as I await the feast of local Manitoba food products that is coming up in an hour or so. Celebrate Local Flavours will be prepared by chef, Greg Klippenstein featuring some of the "best regional and seasonal food Manitoba has to offer." Sounds yummy.
Most of the people I have met today have exemplified that celebration of "local flavours" that begins right on their farms. And I am not just talking food, although producers of that there are aplenty; u-pick berry farms, organic bread bakers, natural grass-fed beef, homemade fudge, real egg pasta, herbs and flowers. Everything that the rich soils of Manitoba can produce.
And then there are the agri-tourism enterprises; the corn mazes, pumpkin patches, spas, bed and breakfasts and even fun bouncy castles and all manner of farm experiences to share.
Tomorrow I will be doing a brief presentation to those attending about how they can share all of these things with you. I wish I could feature a story about each and every one of them and perhaps, for some, I will.
The important thing is that they have stories to share - oodles of them - something which both of the excellent speakers at today's Marketing Caravan emphasised in spades. In fact the speakers inspired me to remember who it is I am working for - it's them, and you who are reading this. It is my responsibility, as a member of the media to tell these people's stories well and make that connection to you and others who do not have the opportunity to live the richness of their experiences first hand. I thank everyone here at Morris for reminding me of that.
Every day in Manitoba is a celebration of all us little people out here on our farms and in our small, rural villages and towns that have big hearts, bright ideas and the courage and determination to try something new and exciting. True, not everyone has a revolutionary new product that will become a household name, but from what I heard and from what I saw today, each one has a special something that is going to make a difference in someone's life, somewhere.
They are entrepreneurship enshrined, the true flavour and spirit of Manitoba and I, for one, am damn proud that I live amongst them.
Copyright2010, Angela Lovell.