Local Family Farmers
by Ryan Kelly
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Local family farmers spend their money with local merchants. The money stays in town where it benefits everyone and builds a stronger local economy. Independent, family-owned farms supply more local jobs and contribute to the local economy at higher rates than do large, corporate-owned farms. When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations. Four large firms control over 80% of beef slaughter, the U.S. has lost 4.7 million farms and fewer than one million Americans now claim farming as a primary occupation. There's never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. What follows is a look at the Local Family Farmer.
Deeply rooted in the agricultural tradition
Providing good food for those inclined to tread lightly on the Earth
Honest work and a positive environment for those who labor in its fields
A sense of purpose for its proprietor
The best of the past and the present draw together on the working farm
From raising a family to continuing a long family tradition of farming
In harmony with nature, farming without chemicals, antibiotics or hormones
Supporting sustainable local farms, and creating sustainable communities
From their flock to you comes a multitude of delightful harvest
Sweet corn, tomatoes, lots of veggies and melons, vine fresh
Cut flowers, sunflowers, and herbs, everything is freshly picked daily
If they are running low, they just go out and pick more
That's how fresh local farm stuff is.
Bagged mixed potatoes from white waxy, yellow fluffy, to purple earthy ones
Easter Peeps for city folks to enjoy for two weeks -- and then return to the farm
Raw milk, mmmmm, delicious, and aged raw goat milk cheeses
Feta, Gouda, Hot Pepper Gouda, Caraway Gouda, Parmesan
Breads made from scratch with spring water, unbleached and untreated flours
Dare I continue, hunger pains tearing within, and yet longing for more
What could I have been thinking purchasing nature at a grocery store?
Yet, here in my shopping list per se, there’s promise of a healthy new way
While out on the farm it’s tilling, seeding, feeding, and a harvest today
Organic whole-wheat flours and grains, fresh milk - with the cream on the top!
Handmade soaps, made with herbs and goat milk from the farm,
Lofty natural fiber quilts for comfortable warmth, wool, llama, alpaca
Cashmere fibers for your hand knitting or rug hooking
Pasture fed prime lamb, grass fed, no growth promoting hormones
Ostrich, Americas Original red meat is nature's most perfect health food
Naturally tender and juicy without all of the fat
Award winning raw milk cheese, fresh brewed apple cider by the jug
Okay, the apple cider got to me so I’ll have to stop the tour
I’m heading out to a local farmers market for apple cider and more
I think I’ll just take this poem to use as a shopping list
As I wander through the market of homegrown goodies that I’ve missed
Ryan's Poetic Plunge
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|Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
|I appreciate this one because my father was a farmer and I live in an area where the farmers have a big market.|
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Joshua Miller (Reader)
|Voice of the common man. A true poet.|