Celebrating Farmers

Day 285 – Happy National Farmers Day!  It’s a day for everyone to acknowledge the hard work that goes into feeding and supplying a nation.

Here are some interesting farming facts:

  1. There are about 2 million farms in the U.S. – Nearly all these farms are family-run.
  2. One U.S. farm can feed 166 people – Farmers around the world will have to grow about 70% more food than they do now in order to meet demands by the year 2050.
  3. U.S. has more than 900 million acres of farmland
  4. Top farm products in the U.S. are cattle, corn and soybeans
  5. Soybean production is key to making crayons – One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
  6. The U.S. is home to 47 breeds of sheep – Every baseball requires 150 yards of wool.
  7. Net losses at US farms are on the rise – Most farmers need outside work to make ends meet.
  8. Less than 1% of US farmland is organic –  The vast majority of the organic food consumed in the U.S. is imported.
  9. The US is the world’s third-biggest food supplier – U.S. farmers produce 10% of the world’s wheat and 20% percent of the world’s beef, pork, and lamb.
  10. Most farmers’ markets source products within 50 miles – Farmers who supply supermarkets typically live 1,500 miles away. On average, farmers get about 17 cents of every dollar that store shoppers spend on food; those at farmers’ markets take home more than 90% of food dollars.

So if you get a chance, thank the farmers who plow, sow, raise, feed, and harvest to provide the food and materials that our country needs to succeed.

Tomorrow, breaking it down!

My First Visit to the Farmers Market

Day 165 – I’ve driven by farmers markets. I’ve even walked by a few. However, I have never visited one with the intention of buying something. This past Saturday, my youngest daughter and I spent the morning visiting a couple farmers markets in the neighborhood and we came home with some goodies.

We first visited the Northcenter Farmers Market (Northcenter Town Square- 4100 N. Lincoln Ave.). This farmers market started on June 5th and will continue every Saturday through October 30th. They are open from 8am-1pm. There are 16 vendors listed, though some are only on site on certain dates. Be sure to check the dates.

We purchased the following:

  1. Fresh strawberries – Liz Madsen Farms
  2. Raspberry croissants – La Provence Bakery
  3. Blueberry lemon scone & triple chocolate cookie – Hilary’s Cookies

We then walked over to the Horner Park Farmers Market (2741 N. Montrose Park, northwest corner of the park, the area bounded by Montrose Avenue (N) and California Avenue (W), in front of the Field House). This farmers market started on June 5th and will continue every Saturday until October 2nd. They are open from 9am-1pm. Check out their Facebook page to see the vendors participating this summer.

We purchased the following:

  1. Spinach – Avrom Farm
  2. Green Lettuce – Vangies Farm
  3. Bouquet of flowers – Vangies Farm

We had such an enjoyable morning. It was a beautiful day to be outside. Not only did we get some good exercise, walking around the neighborhood, but we also supported small businesses and farms. We look forward to visiting more famers markets in the city throughout the summer. Check out the full schedule HERE!

Tomorrow, celebrating a renewable energy resource.