While I wait for my garden to mature, I support my local farmers
market and road side stands. I have always been grateful for
farmers markets. They have given me fresh produce when I didn't
have the time and space to plant my own garden. During my youth,
the farmers market was a source of income (and entertainment) for
Cousins helping Papa sell sweet corn!
Those of us that grew up going to the farmers market with their
parents to sell produce know this is a serious source of
income for many farm families. We were fortunate in that our
customers were always friendly and loyal! They seemed to appreciate
the fruits (or veggies) of our labor. In fact, for the past 27
years our family has supplied the local community with sweet
corn. It continues to be a family farm, as are most farms in
the United States. Did you know 96% of farms
in the United States are family farms? Hard working families like
mine, who are living off the land.
Greg Peterson, from the Peterson Farm
Brothers, said it best "The absolute overwhelming majority of
farmers in this world are real, wholesome, good-natured farm
families who are "just trying to feed enough." The farmers market
is a great place to meet these families.
We asked and you answered. Why visit your local farmers
market this weekend?
It feels good to support local agriculture and growers!
It is always better quality as it is always fresh.
The food is grown in America!
They do the work for you!
I bring home homemade jam. Yum!
It's great to have such a wonderful variety of vegetables,
fruits, plants and baked items.
I love the spirit and enthusiasm of the growers. They recognize
us as repeat customers and it's great to get genuine customer
The atmosphere is unique and fun.
I like to take my kids. I want them to know their food is grown
by farmers and not made in the back of the grocery store.
Because it's too darn hot for my tomatoes and I need to satisfy
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