Farm to Table is
a trend something that we all enjoy. The plates at restaurants are beautiful, the food is fresh and our stomachs are happy. In fact, according to the USDA, 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.
The neat part, Iowa made the top 10.
My fiance’s extended family has been involved with agriculture and farming for quite some time and they value the importance of fresh, local food and they know that it takes a lot of care and hard work to make. I value it too but they have shed an even brighter light on things that I thought were good from the store are even better fresh from the backyard and local vendors.
For instance, I learned that there is nothing better in the world than a freshly picked strawberry from the garden vs. the store. I don’t think I can eat a strawberry from the store again. Take a look at a fresh strawberry vs. a store bought one.
No matter what end of the spectrum you’re on, farmer or consumer, eating fresh and local takes a lot of hard work. Being heavily involved with managing social media accounts I came across a hashtag on Instagram this fall that I fell in love with and it really opened my eyes to the heart and dedication that our local farmers put in with the land they work with, the love of their job and keep family traditions alive. The craziest thing to think of is that they do all of that hard work to not only take care of their families but OUR families too. Check out some of these amazing photos from #Harvest15. They will open your eyes on the pride, tradition and hard work that farmers put in to make sure you and I have something to eat, to take photos of and blog about.
Someone’s tired, but we’re almost done #harvest15 #farmersdaughter #sleepingonthejob A photo posted by @kmearsfarm on
Started corn harvest today. Landon rode in combine with Rubert, Sarah rode with me in the cart. #iaharvest15 #dji #iowaag A photo posted by Adam Ramthun (@aramthun17) on
Plot day #harvest15 #lgseeds A photo posted by Eric Wappel (@wapp11) on