Chronicling the Local Food Economy: One Woman’s Mission to Source Most of Her Food from Farmers Markets


Vibrant Rainbow Over Farm Land 

Here in the Northeast, this summer’s fresh food markets have sprung up all over. Like the local people, the markets are emerging from inside malls, schools, and senior centers. Others have been entirely dormant since October — also like some locals. We are hungry for fresh food.

As much as we love organic food, want to live sustainably and lose the chemicals, stop scorching the earth and polluting the wáter, and as much as we want to see lots of small family farms, the reality does not conform to our wishes. According to a recent survey reported by, each year U.S. farms are fewer in number and, on average, farms are increasingly mammoth is size. Ever fewer corporations rake in the profits, but actual Farm work continues to be stressful and underpaid. Worse still are the products of industrial farming: inferior food, animal mistreatment, and environmental damage.

Despite our efforts, it turns out we are not really consuming much of the pricey organic food we buy.  The Guardian (April 2018), informs us that the typical American drops a pound of food a day in the garbage, and the healthy-fresh-organic produce consumers toss more than their share. As we spend more on organics, we drain our resources, and in the end, we turn to the supermarket anyway.

Supporting a Shift to Small-Farm Agriculture

With this blog series, I hope to address the question How do we, the consumers, turn the tide to favor small farms?

As for me, I am no expert, and that’s the point: I am a schoolteacher, raised in suburbia and transplanted to the country. This summer, I plan to find out just how much I really need the supermarket, and what it would take to for a whole lot of us to modify our habits just enough to build a solid local food/small farm food supply.

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