It is reasonable to assume that the majority of us would like to eat fresh, organic and locally grown food on a regular basis. But factors such as cost and availability seem to stand in the way. Now there’s a website that hopes to connect local farmers to consumers across the state of Michigan.
Farm to Table Foodie was established in February 2022 and acts as a nutrition blog as well as a source to connect local farms to their community.
How did it start?
Judging from their website, Farm to Table Foodie was born after the founder, a nutritionist, felt frustrated with the amount of work it took to find local, farm-to-table food, not just for himself, but also for his clients. From there, Farm to Table Foodie was born.
Why is it necessary?
As mentioned at the beginning of this article, many people want to eat locally grown foods. But, maybe you don’t know how to find it outside of the regular weekend farmer’s markets.
With Farm to Table Foodie, you’ll be able to find local farmers in your area, learn how they operate, and even where to buy their produce. The website separates Michigan by region and then by county. In southwestern Michigan, for example, you’ll find:
- JAX Farms in Kalamazoo County owned by the Solis family. They sell chicken and duck eggs from free-range birds. They can be contacted at 517-677-4403
- Mitten Creek Farm in Calhoun County owned by Drew and Heather Phillips. They sell pastured poultry and pork. All GMO free. They are also expanding to fruits, vegetables and herbs in 2022. Contact them at 269-832-2129
And it’s the local farms that have joined so far. As this is a newer website and resource, I expect the options to expand in the future. In fact, on the Farm to Table Foodie Facebook page, you can also find updates on local farms and what they offer.
In addition to consumer needs, local American farms have been struggling for some time. And the pandemic has done them a disservice.
According to a report from farmaid.com,
Between 2013 and 2018, farmers experienced an almost 50% decline in net farm income due to falling prices for corn, wheat, dairy, beef and other agricultural products. While net farm income increased by 3% in 2019, government payments accounted for all of this increase (namely, via the trade rescue program). Without it, 2019 provided farmers with their second lowest income since 2013.
It was before the pandemic. That same report clarifies that, yes, farms received federal payments during the pandemic but, due to years of low income, the payments barely benefited them. Learn more here.
Will you be able to buy everything you need on the spot? Maybe not. But if you want to do more to support local farms, you can do it easily with Farm to Table Foodie’s guide. Again, find their website here.
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