Local Farmers Urge People to Buy Local

Local Farmers Urge People to Buy Local

There are 17 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Aug 28, 2010, titled Local Farmers Urge People to Buy Local. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Farmers at the Charlottesville Market Saturday morning stressed the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at NBC29 Charlottesville.

Pete in Nellysford

Forest, VA

#1 Aug 28, 2010
After Yesterday in Nelson, My money would only go to support MEXICAN drug cartels. Thanks Va state police!
Kathy - Market Central

Addison, TX

#2 Aug 28, 2010
Want to visit some of these hard-working farms? Visit our website at www.marketcentralonline.org for complete tour information and tickets, or stop by the Market Central booth at the City Market next Saturday. And please remember this isn't JUST about eggs - it's about knowing and trusting your local grower as a source for good, nutritious, SAFE food of all kinds. So c'mon out to the farms.... and Meet Yer Eats!
Just Mad

Altavista, VA

#3 Aug 28, 2010
Even though I feel its important to support our local people, I just think its funny that anyone would even think about a local farmer not telling us to buy local. That is how they make their money. I know I will always recommend people buying whatever I am selling...we get the best news in the entire country.
Dave

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Aug 28, 2010
Well, it'd be kind of odd if local farmers urged us to buy international...
thinking free

Troy, VA

#5 Aug 28, 2010
What else would our local farmers be telling us?
citizen

United States

#7 Aug 29, 2010
Several local vendors have told me that some of our "local farmers" pay about 50 cents a pound for produce in Richmond and then resell the stuff here at our farmer's markets.

I would like to know if anyone else can shed some light on this contention that I have heard from more than one person.

Since: Jan 10

United States

#8 Aug 29, 2010
citizen wrote:
Several local vendors have told me that some of our "local farmers" pay about 50 cents a pound for produce in Richmond and then resell the stuff here at our farmer's markets.
I would like to know if anyone else can shed some light on this contention that I have heard from more than one person.
I agree. I discovered my "local produce" was being purchased at Standard Produce in Charlottesville.
SJS

United States

#9 Aug 29, 2010
I'd love to buy local, but the prices are prohibitive. With the elimination of the "middle man" I would have thought buying local would be less expensive than shopping in supermarkets. But that seems not to be the case and quite the opposite. I don't understand why the local farmers can't keep half of what they save by eliminating the "middle man" and pass on the other half of the savings to the local shopper. Yes, buying local is healthier for you and supports your community and I'd love to do both but when you live on a modest yet reasonable budget buying local becomes prohibitive.

“Big Government IS the problem!”

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#10 Aug 29, 2010
Here's a better idea. GROW YOUR OWN! Why wonder about where your food comes from. It is so easy and can be done even in your backyard. You can't beat the quality or the price.
thinking free

Troy, VA

#11 Aug 29, 2010
SJS wrote:
I'd love to buy local, but the prices are prohibitive. With the elimination of the "middle man" I would have thought buying local would be less expensive than shopping in supermarkets. But that seems not to be the case and quite the opposite. I don't understand why the local farmers can't keep half of what they save by eliminating the "middle man" and pass on the other half of the savings to the local shopper. Yes, buying local is healthier for you and supports your community and I'd love to do both but when you live on a modest yet reasonable budget buying local becomes prohibitive.
Anytime the word Charlottesville comes into play the price automatically goes up, doesn't matter if its gas or corn.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#12 Aug 29, 2010
-Free- wrote:
Here's a better idea. GROW YOUR OWN! Why wonder about where your food comes from. It is so easy and can be done even in your backyard. You can't beat the quality or the price.
I love your idea...since I do just that! I don't grow as much as I once did, and only grow a salad garden, but it's still nice to have. One raised bed can produce the same as an area 3 times the size, and you have very few weeds. They can also be an attractive addition to a yard. You're right, you cannot beat the quality or the price. Gardening has always been one of my hobbies whether it is flowers or edibles, so I could not resist responding to your post.
Kathy - Market Central

Addison, TX

#13 Aug 30, 2010
In response to a couple of comments here:
ALL of the farms that are on the Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour are growing the produce that they sell. You won't find any resellers in the bunch -- we promise!

Regarding price: this is a complicated issue, but most commercial/industrialized agriculture is so heavily subsidized that it's impossible to make a real price comparison on the product. It does cost more to produce a better product - we accept that notion with cars, clothing, etc., why not on food? Personally, I don't want to support a huge beef conglomerate that feeds their cows a diet their systems weren't designed to properly digest while they spend their miserable lives knee deep in their own excrement. Nice picture, huh?

The farms hosting this tour are proud of the work they do, and the food they produce, and they WANT you to visit. Not the case with large scale producers - they don't want you to know how they operate!

If you're interested in reading more on sustainable farming, check out: http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/
Saam

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Aug 30, 2010
-Free- wrote:
Here's a better idea. GROW YOUR OWN! Why wonder about where your food comes from. It is so easy and can be done even in your backyard. You can't beat the quality or the price.
Most of the young generation don't know how to plant a garden let alone put the work and effort behind it to raise their own food. To fee our enlarging population, our food comes other nations and sometimes it's tainted with pesticides, and e-coli bacteria.
A Reader

Piney River, VA

#15 Aug 30, 2010
citizen wrote:
Several local vendors have told me that some of our "local farmers" pay about 50 cents a pound for produce in Richmond and then resell the stuff here at our farmer's markets.
I would like to know if anyone else can shed some light on this contention that I have heard from more than one person.
Many local so called "farmers" (especially ones who have stands over the weekend at Zions Crossroads) work full-time jobs and I know from one of them telling me that he has someone go to North Carolina and pick up his produce and then he resells it. And I challenged his calling himself a "local farmer" when he doesn't even have enough land to have a small garden. So I feel it's important to ask the farmers where their produce comes from. I know many at the C'ville Farmers Market are indeed farmers with farms in the county where they do raise their own produce. And definitely, you should go visit when they ask you -- it's wonderful to see the hard work that put into providing us with healthy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Really

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Aug 31, 2010
I fully support local farmers, and surely every farm participating in this event grows the produce they sell.

However, local is a relative term, for many it's about a small scale operation, ensuring quality and nutrition. For some it's about supporting people in their community, and others it's about the environment. Or all of the above! For me it's simply about nutrition, as I don't buy into global warming. And I focus more so on meat an dairy than produce, for various reasons.
Really

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Aug 31, 2010
D Dee wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree. I discovered my "local produce" was being purchased at Standard Produce in Charlottesville.
How and where did you discover this?
SJS wrote:
I'd love to buy local, but the prices are prohibitive. With the elimination of the "middle man" I would have thought buying local would be less expensive than shopping in supermarkets. But that seems not to be the case and quite the opposite. I don't understand why the local farmers can't keep half of what they save by eliminating the "middle man" and pass on the other half of the savings to the local shopper. Yes, buying local is healthier for you and supports your community and I'd love to do both but when you live on a modest yet reasonable budget buying local becomes prohibitive.
As mentioned some factory farms get subsidies, not to mention when done on such a massive scale they get supplies, feed etc at a better rate. Everything is run like an assembly line, and there is no care about quality etc, just as long the bottom line is met. I really encourage you to attend this event.
Kathy - Market Central

Addison, TX

#18 Aug 31, 2010
When we staff our booth at City Market every week, we invariably get questions about who is REALLY growing their own, but we aren't in the business of policing the market for re-sellers, and I'm sure there are some. And I note from a commenter above (who specifically was talking about vendors near Zion Crossroads - is that REALLY a farmer's market, or just a pick up truck pulled over on the side of the road??) The response I give when queried is:'ASK THEM where it was grown". You will find that the growers who DO grow their own are damned proud of what they do, and they're eager to share information because they want you to know that they care about their product. If you get a lame, vague response to a question concerning growing practices or the location of the farm, and if this information is important to you -- pass it by, and VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET and your FORK!

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