Farmer’s markets are festive places. What’s not to love about artisanal foods, hand-crafted goods, and down-to-earth farmers? My all-time favorite reason for going to farmer’s markets is to meet farmers.
I like to ask them questions. Lots of questions.
Most farmers, contrary to popular stereotype, are an articulate, well-educated group. They have well thought out reasons for why they do what they do (which is why I like picking their brains). In the video below, you’ll get to meet a farming couple who raises grass-fed beef and pastured pork.
In just 5 short minutes, Jerry and Sam Williams managed to talk about:
- The health benefits of grass-fed beef
- The environmental sustainability of raising grass-fed beef
- The evolution of superbugs like E-Coli (a DIRECT RESULT of our factory farming practices!)
- The way excess government regulation creates a heavy burden on their business
Watch the video.
These people are passionate about what they do and obviously enjoy their work. (Hmmm… I’m starting to see a pattern here.)
If you want to get to know your local farmers, check out the links on my Real Food Resources page. You’ll find a handful of online directories listing local farms, ranches, farmer’s markets, etc. Then you can give them a call, visit their farm stands, and get to know them.
This post is part of today’s Real Food Wednesday blog carnival hosted by Kelly The Kitchen Kop.