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.
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:
The #ARMade panel included:
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?