We run an busy market where you can sell the things you grow, or make from what you grow.
Here is where it all starts...Growers who love to grow and love to share.
How to pick the right melon? Do what with beets? Why do I want that greenish-orange lumpy looking tomato?
Don't be afraid to ask your farmer questions...if you see something interesting you'd like to try but need advice on what to do with it, growers are happy to share tips on how to choose and prepare what they sell. Many of our vendors allow you to come to them to buy on non-market days - just ask! Some have nice little businesses right at their homes.
As we like to say, shake the hand that feeds you. Knowing your farmer is almost more important than...well, you know what I mean.
Have a look here at Brittain Family Farm's hoop house. Veggies can be grown inside here all year long! Interested in buying some of these fresh goodies for yourself? Click on the lamb picture below to go directly to their website. From there you will find order forms and contact numbers. You WON'T be disappointed! Brittain Family Farm 4470 Alvin Rd., Mikado, MI 48745 Phone 989-736-9532
Brittain Family Farm website and order forms
CLICK ON THE CUTE LITTLE LAMB!
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10 Reasons to Eat Local Food
1. Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
2. Locally grown produce is fresher. While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmer's market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time.
3. Local food just plain tastes better. Ever tried a tomato that was picked within 24 hours? 'Nuff said.
4. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Because the produce will be handled less, locally grown fruit does not have to be "rugged" or to stand up to the rigors of shipping. This means that you are going to be getting peaches so ripe that they fall apart as you eat them, figs that would have been smashed to bits if they were sold using traditional methods, and melons that were allowed to ripen until the last possible minute on the vine.
5. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. In a March 2005 study by the journal Food Policy, it was found that the miles that organic food often travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying organic.
6. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive.
7. Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story. Whether it's the farmer who brings apples to market or the baker who makes bread, knowing part of the story about your food is such a powerful part of enjoying a meal.
8. Eating local protects us from bio terrorism. Food with less distance to travel from farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination.
9. Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling "Name brand" fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Honey Crisp Apples, and Blue Potatoes.
10. Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space - farms and pastures - an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped. Visit the Eat Local Challenge website to learn more