With the exception of John Stewart’s The Daily Show or Saturday Night Live’s depictions of our country’s leaders, I avoid politics.
Politics make me grumpy, apathetic, lame.
UNLESS it involves food!
For those you who are not familiar with the Texas Baker’s Bill, it allows certain foods like breads, jams and relishes to be sold from homes but NOT from anywhere else.
Though it is a wonderful thing for home bakers to earn money for their creations, it is unfortunate that these creations are not allowed at places such as farmers markets.
And here is where I become impassioned about politics:
Last summer, I shared about our town’s sweet little farmer’s market.
Our produce is prime, our crafts are crafty, but what really makes our market unique are items such as Linnie’s mesquite bean jelly, Camilla’s award-winning relish and Hilary’s zucchini bread.
Sadly, we have had to ask our vendors to keep these foods at home this year because they are not allowed at farmers markets.
BUT THERE IS HOPE!
HB 970, a food freedom bill that passed the Senate and House, is awaiting a pass or veto from our governor, Rick Perry. He has until June 16 to either allow or ban the sale of certain homemade foods at [Texas] farmers markets such as bread and jams and jellies. You can read the full bill here.
Again, when it comes to politics or letting my voice be heard I feel apathetic. I mean, does my voice really matter?
In this situation, I say YES!
YES because not only do our voices matter, but our farmers markets matter.
The freedom to share good homemade food with a larger population matters.
Feel the same and want your voice to be heard?
Call (512) 463-2000 or email at http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx and ask that Governor Perry vote in favor of HB 970.
Thank you for reading and allowing me to share my political opinions with you.
I’m stepping off my soapbox now.
Besides, I think hear a piece of zucchini bread calling my name….