One of the reasons I love being part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is the feeling of being part of a farm. My Dad was a farmer when I was growing up, and I have relatives that still farm, but living in the suburbs now I often feel removed from farm life.
The weekly emails from our sponsor, Groundswell Community Farm, provide a small glimpse into the life of the farm. They share what is currently being harvested, any challenges, and celebrate any successes (like the incredible amount of tomatoes this year!)
They also offer volunteer days on the farm. Last year I helped pick beans and it definitely brought back memories of field work. It also underscored for me how much we take our food for granted!
This Labor Day weekend, let’s pay homage to those who labor for very little: Our local farmers.
Many farmers markets are open, so before heading out to the lake or picnic, consider stopping to pick up
- locally baked buns
- vegetables for a salad
- corn on the cob from a farmstand
- pie from the sweet elderly lady at the market
- meat from the local butcher
- fresh squeezed eggs for the leisurely breakfast
And, of course, microbrew and local wine to celebrate.
Not only will everything taste better, but you’ll be supporting your local farmers and economy. Check out this infographic:
So, how will you be supporting local food this weekend?