And while just being a gourmand isn’t without its inherent attraction, I try to see the food we eat in a grander (if slightly inflated) context:
The things we eat effect our environment, economy, and community; privately they help define our health, wealth, and self-image. My goal is to help foster an environment in which we all eat with the cognizance that every bite we take has ramifications for ourselves, our families, and our futures.
…& on that note, I’ve gotta get back to work.
Adam Thigpen grew up in Underhill, Vermont. He has worked on small farms since 1999 & has cooked in restaurants in Montreal, Guatemala City, Vermont, Montana, and California.
About the Farmer...
That's me! At the Burlington Farmer's Market in 2008
I grew up in the foothills just outside of Burlington, Vermont where I was lucky enough to be exposed to agriculture from an early age. In July of 1999, my father, tired of watching me laze about all summer vacation, marched me over to the nearest employer and convinced them to put me to work. So it was that my first job, at the age of 14, happened to be working at a diversified, sustainable family farm. Serendipity started me down a path that would become a passion, then a career.
Since that first summer, I’ve had the opportunity to work in farm fields and restaurant kitchens, fostering an appreciation for good food as inherent to a gratifying life. I’ve had no formal education in either agriculture or cuisine (I’m a history major!), but rather draw on a working knowledge of the two to try to produce and procure delicious foods in a way that is environmentally sustainable, socially accessible, and economically scalable.