Be Kind To Your Local Farmer23/04/2012
Did you know?
~ According to the EPA, thousands of acres of productive U.S. farmland are lost to development every day.
~ Between 1974 and 2002 alone, the number of corporate-owned U.S. farms increased by more than 46 percent.
~ 82% of Americans are somewhat or very concerned about the decreasing number of American farms.
~ 85% of Americans trust smaller scale family farms to produce safe, nutritious food.
As we get into the warmer weather through most of the country, a lot of people start to think of farmers markets. The best tasting produce you’ll ever get is from someone within close range to your home. If you are a gardener or “urban farmer”, get together with your neighbors to share different produce you might be growing. And don’t forget your local food banks – they need more donations now than ever before. Then, whatever you are not growing, get to the farmers market in your town to support those who do this for a living.
While farmers markets tend to draw crowds, some are too costly for the truly local farmer or small family farm. These farms may just open a produce stand on-site when they have a harvest. If so, take advantage of having less crowds and more time to shop!
Enjoy the harvest that this year will hold – and remember your local farmer!
- Certified Naturally Grown: A Conversation with Kilpatrick Family Farm, NY (apatentedlife.wordpress.com)
- Beaverton Farmers Market (aptkitchen.wordpress.com)
- “In-Season” & “Farm to Table” Savin’ you Money! (thesavingsmomma.com)
- “City Girl” Visits Elsworth Family Farm (apatentedlife.wordpress.com)
- To Be Young, Hip and Ag (agrowingseason.wordpress.com)