Farmers are valuable members of our communities and by getting to know them you can make meaningful connections in the community and form strong and lasting relationships. Farmers are continuously hard at work growing crops, harvesting, raising livestock, and so much more all while ensuring the best quality products are brought to consumers.
Five reasons to get to know your farmer:
- Knowing where your food comes from – learn their practices and choose a farmer with values that align with yours
- Challenge your perspectives – ask questions and learn from your farmer, this can be valuable and very educational
- Support your local economy – choosing to get to know your local farmers and buying from them improves the local economy, cuts down on transportation costs, and helps the environment
- Support – farming is labour and time intensive, their livelihood depends on people choosing to support local farm fresh produce and animal goods
- Build relationships – getting to know your farmers will build relationships not only between you and the farmer but will also build your relationship with food, it is good to be able to trust the people providing you and your family with food
Next time you are walking around the farmers market don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to the farmers, ask questions, thank them for their hard work, and build lasting relationships with them and the food you and your family consume.
On Sunday June 23 our POP Club kids will do an activity where they get to know the farmers at the market, learn more about the POP Club here and visit us at the market to register.
The POP Club is a farmer’s market-based kids program. Children (ages 5 – 12 years old) will learn about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities all season long.
Each week children will earn a $3 market token to use towards any fruit or vegetable of their choice. There is no cost to participate and the program runs every Sunday rain or shine!