The Ultimate Commitment to Place

October 15, 2011, Washington, DC: It’s totally trendy, I know. But I’m among many city dwellers who are captivated by life on the farm, ranch, orchard and vineyard. We go to farmer’s markets. We select wines because they come from vineyards close to home. Over dinners out, we daydream about getting callouses working with our hands. We chat with friends about their weekly milk and cheese delivery that comes in from Maryland. We love that article we just read about Brooklyn Grange, the world’s largest rooftop farm. We book tables for the upcoming Dine Out For Farms week. Think what you will, but I’m intrigued.

I consider this today at Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD, a trek that’s becoming something of an autumn ritual since we’ve lived in Washington. Among pumpkins, mums and apple cider, I think about why I’m so interested in places like this one and the lifestyles of the people who live here. I have a hunch it goes beyond eating local and supporting our economy close to home. It has something to do with being a nomad.

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