It wasn’t until I moved to Italy that I came to know any farmers or fishermen. I had known people in the US who had pretty good sized vegetable gardens, but they all gave their excess produce away. There was someone in my family who liked to fish, but only rarely caught some for dinner. But I didn’t know anybody growing food or harvesting to sell to stores.
Now one of my neighbors is a chicken farmer, who is also raising geese. I also know a couple of fishermen, but less well. They mainly fish for anchovies and tuna that they sell to restaurants or co-op stores.
Do you maintain any personal relationship with a commercial farmer or a fisher?