Buying Local in Hard Weather

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By: | Aug 26, 2011 07:34 PM | Permalink
Thank you for the lovely reminder of how important gratitude is. Despite often rotten weather, on balance we do have so much bounty, that we fail to realize what we have been gifted with.

I've pretty much grown what my family needs almost every year. I do go to the local produce stands at farms or to farmers markets for items that would take up too much space in my garden for the variety of things that I want to grow. I am very grateful to the farmers for making such a huge effort every year.

It gives me great pleasure to pass by the produce department at the grocery store, knowing that what I have is so much better than what is sold there. And in the winter, there are far fewer grocery store aisles that I go down thanks to the summer's bounty and a good supply of canning jars.

By: Hertha Meyer | Aug 26, 2011 06:53 PM | Permalink
We've got a garden again after many years of supporting the local farmers' market. We still do that, but on a limited basis now - more like catching up with our friends! It has been heartening to see young people come to our orchard and buy fruit for canning and freezing. Many of them remember their grandma doing it and wished they had learned then. We keep a Ball canning, preserving book handy to answer questions. We're also in planning stages for a Farm to Fork event in the orchard so more people can see when and how their food is grown. I enjoy your articles - keep up the good vibes!

By: Tatum Evans | Aug 26, 2011 04:34 PM | Permalink
Thank you Erin for writing about the importance, now more than ever, of supporting local food. With no rain, dry wells & extreme heat, market inventory is definitely low here in South TX. We're thankful for our market regulars who continue to shop and support local farmers every Saturday. We've been posting drought maps throughout market as a visual connection between the lack of rain and lack of produce. It is definitely an educational opportunity to share the struggles of farming during this "it is what it is" time of year.

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