We won’t be at the markets this weekend. I’m kind of excited. Restoring a farm is hard work, farming is hard work, making soap is hard work, and hauling everything out to spend 2 days a week at the farmer’s market is hard work, too. There’s no such thing as a day off when you have livestock, but it will be nice to get down to 2 big jobs (farming and restoring) instead of 4.
Did you ever think that farmers kind of build a store for you at the farmer’s market? Haul everything out, put up a roof, set up a store, tend the store, unpack, go home.
We won’t be there, but you should still go to the farmer’s market this weekend!
Your kids are more likely to eat their veggies (and so are you!) if they help you pick them out and meet the farmer who raised them from tender babies through harvest.
No farms, no food! You get a chance to directly support the farmer growing your food. Their signs tell you where they grew it.
Local food is good. If a farmer can sell out at his or her local market, the farm can grow more flavorful species of food! (If they have to sell through wholesalers, they need to grow cultivars that can sit on warehouse and store shelves for a long time.) Heritage types of vegetables tend to be tastier and fresher than what you find at the stores. And fresher is more nutritious!
Small family farms are reservoirs of genetic diversity. Corporate farms choose a single species, usually all the same GM and ultra-productive hybrids that every other corporate farm chooses. It’s kind of a variation on “pave the world” – just, they “plow the world.” Small farms are more willing to keep some genetic variety around.
But small farms have to work harder than corporate farms, and they can’t do it without your support! So get out there and support the small farms that are supporting you, your family, and your community!