For whatever reason — the aging, declining demographics and like-mindedness, I suppose — The Union publisher Jim Hemig continues to hang on to George Boardman as its weekly columnist.
This week George decides to paint organic foods with a broad brush, pointing to the E. coli outbreaks at Chipolte Mexican Grill. “Organic is very trendy in Nevada County, and this past weekend’s sixth annual Nevada County Food and Farm was expected to include a lot of talk about how we can grow locally 30 percent of the food we eat,” Boardman writes.
In fact, organic food is an “economic engine” in our community. One shining example: The year 2016 marks BriarPatch Co-op’s 40th anniversary. Since it opened in 1976, Briar- Patch has grown to more than 12,000 owners, and it employs more than 200 local residents, making it one of Nevada County’s largest private employers. Every day more than 2,000 people visit “the Patch” to enjoy the deli food, shop and relax on the patio and in the dining room.
The co-op’s sales have increased to $29 million in 2015 from $6 million in 2006.
Wouldn’t it be cool if The Union could boast that kind of growth? But it can’t because it hires curmudgeons such as George Boardman to be its weekly columnist.