Thursday, August 20, 2009

A break from politics: Support your local farms and farmers

Duh, isn't that how it all started – farms, food and the village people?

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Here's something a little different from our usual political fare: A plug for our local farmers and CSA, Community Supported Agriculture.

Photos are of Marisa, at left, with The Farm at Montesino Ranch, and Kathleen, below, of E-I-E-I-O Organic Farm. Both farms are in Wimberley and are regulars at the Wimberley Farmers Market, open at 3 p.m. every Wednesday. We're missing names and locations from other parts of Hays County, so if you know of more – and there are! – please forward the info to us in the comments. You can reach E-I-E-I-O at 512.847.2463 and Montesino at 512.847.7393 for more details about their CSA programs.

The RoundUp understands the hard work involved in running a producing organic farm operation, especially in this heat!

CSA is a nationwide movement, stronger in some localities than others, and very worthy of our support. Land's sake pardner! isn't that how it all started – farms, food and the village people? The American Farmland Trust has a nifty web site where you can learn more about the vital part our struggling farms and farmers play in preserving the land and providing fresh clean food.

Here's a snippet from the AFT site: "As unwise development strips farmland from local communities, many parts of America are becoming more dependent on food that travels from thousands of miles away. AFT is working to protect farms to ensure we always have access to fresh, locally grown food—after all, it's not local food without local farmland."

Let's all remember our roots and pay Old McDonald a visit soon.


Rocky Boschert said...

Supporting community farming and agriculture, as well as buying from local vendors in all the business sectors - is what sane free markets capitalism is about. Wimberley and Hays County residents should also initiate the same "shopping local" decision making by supporting the smaller regional banks and credit unions, discretionary retail and home improvement stores, food marts, and the various professional services - legal, financial, leisure, et al. Keep our money circulating locally. Shun the corporate giants. There is no reciprocal loyalty with them. "Break the chains: Shop at independent businesses".

Jon Thompson said...

Hey guys, great lead in, but how about a story (a feel good story) on the Dripping Springs Farmers Market? 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the Triangle? Organic market - Onion Creek Farms, etc. are there. Call Jo Ann Touchstone and/or Ashley Seay, the market managers for more information.

Wendy said...

Hooray for this article! And hooray for our local farmers! :) :) :)

The Arnosky farm also has lots of produce, fresh flowers and locally made goat cheese products. They have a market place on the Blanco Road about 20 miles out of Wimberley.

Support your local farmers and Organics!!!!

Charles O'Dell said...

Having grown up on a family farm in North Central Texas, I remember people stopping during the short season to purchase twelve ears of fresh picked corn for a dollar. Some folks had to wait while we picked their order. They were certain where their corn originated. Of course the large field of corn was also in clear sight.

Today's "farmer markets" are not that close to the source of food, and it would behoove consumers to inquire where the produce was actually produced. Was it on their small family farm---or is it from the wholesale broker and being sold as local "farmer" produce?

Local farmer markets provide great ambiance, but there is seldom any rules to protect consumers, or city oversight when truth in advertising is required. Just to be safe---wash all fresh fruit and vegetables.

Anonymous said...

Charles, your such a spoil sport. If it's not Carwash Conley or the other guy, it's the local farmers poisoning our children. I'll tell you what: I won't buy any fruit that I can't peel. Geez, so now we have to worry about the local farmers being fruity and turning us into vegetables. If we shop at the farmer's market, we will need a public option for sure.