The Fogue Abode: Farm2Home - Support {Local Grown} Movement

Monday, June 20, 2016

Farm2Home - Support {Local Grown} Movement

Here I am, back from a nice and relaxing week off.  If you follow along on Instagram, you saw that we had a busy week with some very colorful pictures from a fabulous Farmer's Market.  I couldn't wait to get back and share with you all about that event.  It's a lengthy tale, so I'm going to break it out into 2 parts.  I just couldn't squeeze the juicy market details in with the stunning house tour. 

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Well, how about all those gorgeous pictures from last week? 

I was a lucky influencer that was selected to attend the event Farm2Home hosted by P. Allen Smith at the beautiful Moss Mountain Farms.  (First off, if you haven't had a chance to check out the farm for yourself, it is a must see in Arkansas.  Link provided.)

What is Farm2Home?

Farm2Home was an opportunity to learn all about the #buylocal movement.  This is a huge trend spreading across our nation, so if you aren't an Arkansan, don't worry, this post is for you too. 

Here in Arkansas, we have two wonderful programs that help support our local farmers and artisans in the Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made programs.  They all came together to provide an opportunity for us to meet local farmers, hear their stories, and help get their word out.  As an old farm girl, I was raised on fresh local grown produce; whether that be from fruits and veggies to beef or pork we raised.  But as life has sent me away from the farm, I find myself missing and yerning for  the freshness of locally grown and processed foods.  It's a hole in my life that the Walmart's can't seem to fill.

In steps our local farmers, growers and makers.  Programs like your local Farmer's Market make it easier and more convenient to gather fresh produce and hand made products much like our ancestors purchased.  If Farm2Home taught me anything, it's the importance of getting back to this way of life and supporting those in our own communities.

Once we got a chance to chat with the farmers and makers, we got to sit in on a round table discussion and hear first hand what drives these farmers to produce healthy and organic food for their communities.

Why Buy Local?

Did you know that the average age of a farmer in America is 60 years old?  If the next generation doesn't step up to the plate, farming and fresh produce will be a thing of the past for our country.  We need to step in and do our part as well, and that is buying locally and supporting the farm guys and gals.  Join the Revolution and Buy Local. Make sure your grocers are stocking local produce.  Does your favorite restaurant buy from the local farmer?  Ask them, and insist that they get in contact with their local farmers. 

But not only is it about supporting local businesses, but I don't need to remind you of the health benefits that can be gained from fresh organic products.

How Can We Buy Local?

I loved listening to the farmers talk and discuss their methods of delivery.  With the internet era, online orders, subscription boxes of meat/veggies and first hand farm experience are starting to work their way into the business of farming.  It's a valuable tool that is needed to create convenience that us Americans have come to know.  So make sure you find and check out your local farmers, see if they have web pages or social media.  Get to know them.  Many farms even offer an opportunity to tour the farms and take part in the farming process. 

Alright, now that I've stepped off my soap box, how about a little trip down to the Market.  I highly recommend you get in contact with these vendors.  They have all done a fabulous job of creating just for us. 

White Rivery Creamery

Geri's Jams & Jellies

Red Road Woodworks

Red Road Woodworks

Goatroper Farms

Serentiy Soap Company

Ozark Natural Breads

Loblolly Creamery

JV Farms

Here is the list of farmers and makers that were in attendance.  Please check them out and show them some love.  If you have any questions, I would happily {try} to answer them.

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