Eat Local and Support Farmers – #Farm2Home15

Eat Local and Support Farmers – Farm2Home15

A few posts back, I talked about my second trip to Moss Mountain Farm. I didn’t really go into detail about what we did that day; I wanted to give that a post of it’s own. My purpose for attending the event was to use my voice as a blogger and share how important it is to purchase locally and support our local farmers. I happen to live in Arkansas, but this is an issue that is important globally.

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Not only did we tour Allen’s farm, we also had the chance to sit down and talk with a panel of Arkansas Farmers representing the #ARMade and #ARGrown sides of the equation. Not all farmers produce food, some produce products (think soaps, lotions, oils etc)

The #ARGrown panel included:

Beth DeSalvo from Big D Ranch
Jeffrey Hall from Hall Family Farm
Chuck McCool from McCool Farms
Mark Morgan from Peach Pickin’ Paradise

The #ARMade panel included:

Misty Langdon from Our Green Acre
Tammie Pope from Tammy Sue’s Critters
Cat Swenson from Great Fermentation
Bob Wayne from Wayne Plantation

Each one discussed ways that we can support farmers. They also discussed the benefits of buying local. Many of these overlapped and because they all boil down to the same thing (supporting your local economy, I will just share the highlights in some easy bullet points).

5 Ways to Support Farmers:
1. Shop at your local Farmer’s Markets
2. Eat at restaurants that support farmers (Ask them when ordering “Which menu items are locally sourced?”)
3. Look for signs displaying Arkansas Grown/Arkansas Made products in stores and buy those products
4. Talk to your school about purchasing foods from farmers
5. Share! Know a local farmer? Share their business with your friends and family. Social media is great for that.

5 Benefits of Supporting Farmers:
1. Cost – Because there is no middle man and no cost of shipping, you save money.
2. Quality – Food can be purchased that has often been harvested the same day. Talk about fresh! Additionally, because the food hasn’t sat on a shipping truck for days, this means it lasts longer after purchase, again saving you money and reducing waste.
3. Economy – Buying local puts that money back into the local economy.
4. Visual – Have you ever seen the farm where your beef came from? What about how your corn was grown? Most local farmers will be more than happy to give you a quick tour of their farm and show you what they are doing.
5. Environment – Think about all of the fuel used transporting goods across state lines. Less travel time  = less harm to the environment.

With all this talk of buying, and eating local, I thought I’d share some posts to go along with the theme. Check out these other bloggers who support farmers in their community and some yummy recipes they have to share:

Rhonda’s ACB’s of Farm2Home over at Captain Mom.
Debbie’s Berry Tempting Blueberry Smoothie from Dining with Debbie
Anita’s Vegetable Tian from Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen
P. Allen Smith’s own Buttermilk Pecan Pie as shared by Debbie from Dining with Debbie
and finally, Could you use a Few More Recipes? from Katherine at Home’s Cool

What are some ways that you support farmers in your community? 

 

50 thoughts on “Eat Local and Support Farmers – #Farm2Home15

  1. Robin Masshole mommy

    I try to eat local whenever I can. It’s important to support the local economy

  2. David (@FromTexasToBeyond)

    I am learning more about supporting businesses closest to you. Right now, this goal has mostly taken the form of supporting local breweries in Texas. I look forward to including this thought process in other areas as well!

  3. Angie

    Living in Seattle we are pretty good about supporting local, and have Farmers Markets everywhere! I loved your point about talking to the schools. I hadn’t thought of that!!

  4. Jeanine

    We always try to eat local, buy from local farms and fresh markets etc. I think it’s so important, and luckily we have good access to it all!

  5. Heather

    These are great reasons! I know that I can probably look into the Farmers market right down the road from me and see if its cheaper. Somethings are pretty expensive. Like honey, was 6 bucks for a little jar when I purchased there one time, but buying local honey can help you with allergies if you have seasonal allergies really bad in your area.

  6. Dara

    Thanks for this! awesome knowledge. I grow most of my own stuff and have recently thought about helping project #foodisfree because its amazing. I wish more people bought local or grew their own. Thanks again!

  7. Wendy

    We have a collective of farmers in Rhode Island called Rhody Fresh. I try to but there products whenever I can.

  8. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty

    I actually have been meaning to contact some of our local farmers and see if I could bring my son to help them out with some farm chores. I think it would be an awesome experience for him.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      That would be an awesome experience. Around here there is a guest farm where families can stay and milk the cows and gather the eggs for their breakfast during their stay. They get to experience the whole farm experience.

  9. Ashley

    As a family we try to buy local whenever possible! We have a weekly farmers market that is our favorite.

  10. Jeannette

    We try to eat local as much as we can. I do the Farmer’s Market often and we have a co-op downtown as well where you can buy local. I just loving knowing where my food comes from!

  11. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    I always like eating healthy and supporting our local farmers. I go to the farmer’s market just about every week for fresh veggies.

  12. Jenn

    I’m all about supporting local farmers!! My kids school this year is doing a Farm Fresh program with local farms as a fundraising idea. no more chocolate or wrapping paper, instead root vegetables and apples!

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      Now that is a great idea! It’s something that people will actually use instead of the wrapping paper or other random expensive things :)

  13. Joanne T Ferguson

    What a great post and I always believe in buying local! I also think it is important to support the local farmers who work so hard to grow their produce! There is nothing like fresh vegetables grown locally and I feel proud to support and buy them too!

  14. rochkirstin

    I find that local farmers should receive help from the government. They work very hard to sustain the livelihood in those areas and they deserve to be rewarded.

  15. Alli

    My grandfather was a farmer and my parents always have a huge garden every year. I firmly believe in supporting the local farmers and the taste is so much better when it’s freshly picked.

  16. Lynndee

    There’s a lot of restaurants here that offer farm to table food. We’ve eaten to a few of them already. We love to go to the Farmer’s Market too.

  17. Uplifting Families

    I need to start buying my produce from the local farmers. Right now I just pick everything up at the grocery store. I know supporting gamers in my area has great benefits.

  18. kiwi

    This post is just on time! I was just saying how I want to shop a Farmers Markets more often for my grocery shopping!

  19. Jeanine

    I love this! I love going to our local fresh fruit and veggie stands and markets around the corner from our house. We always buy local and fresh.

  20. CourtneyLynne

    Omg I’m a farmers market lover!! Before we bought our house we lived in a condo downtown where we live and every Wednesday they had a farmers market. So miss it!

  21. Ann Bacciaglia

    We like to go threw our cupboards twice a month and donate to our local food bank. It is a great way to help out our community.

  22. Nickida

    I love shopping local and our supermarket also offers local fresh produce so you don’t always have to go to the farmers market.

  23. Erin

    I shop local as often as I can and love love doing so. Not only is it great to support local farmers but the produce and whatnot is so much better!

  24. Gabriel

    We live in the middle of farm country, so we try really hard to hit the farmers markets first. We also are trying to grow more and more of our own food – my dad has a huge garden that we will can a lot of food out of this fall.

  25. rika

    This is a great article. I am supporting our local farmer. I love local produce, simple because they taste better, more fresh

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