Last night many of us received the very sad news that City Provisions was closing their Deli. For those of you who never visited, City Provisions walked the walk to provide sustainable food opportunities.
A lot of people love to proclaim their support of farm to table eating, but not everyone is as dedicated as they like to represent. The City Provisions Deli provided that connection. Their fresh deli foods were truly fresh. One of the most delicious meals I’ve made at home involved roasting their chicken, which was brought in the night before, directly from the farm. Their vegetables were also very fresh – how can it not be when the farmer brings the food in the day it is prepared? The faster the turnaround between farm and table, the higher the vitality and the nutrients are more available for us, helping us to be healthier people.
Those of us who got into olives have undoubtedly had their Castlevetrano olives. I have been spoiled. They were the best olives I’d ever had. Friends of mine who also got into these, were all fans as well. There were other food items that owner Cleetus Friedman brought into his Deli that truly raised the bar about what food can be. For most City folk, unless they lived on a sustainable farm, most have not had the privilege of knowing and seeing where your food comes from. Knowing the food chain helps us, as citizens, have a higher respect from life, the energy that goes into providing nutrient rich foods, and honoring farming and other processes that do not dump toxic chemicals into our earth and into our bodies.
All I can say now is, “Cleetus, thank you for trying. Your efforts have not gone wasted on those who listened and who valued what you tried to do… and please try again some day soon.”