Beth Rankin here. When I lived in West Virginia I started a blog to support a local food market. Although I grew up in the Garden State of New Jersey, I was a novice farm visitor asking the most inane questions, but you know what? The farmers seemed to appreciate the fact that I was interested in what they were doing. They didn’t seem to mind at all that my questions were simplistic and perhaps that helped a lot. If I could understand it, I could explain it to others who also may not know and may not have a chance to ask. Perhaps you know more about all of it and would roll your eyes at what I wrote but perhaps you are like me about some of the areas and have no idea what work was involved in bringing all that food to where it could be on our tables.
You might be surprised at all I have had a chance to try: from milking a goat to helping process some chickens (not going to share THOSE photos!) to helping finish construction of a high tunnel to the wonderful joy of making such very good friends of so many of the farmers.
What kind of information would you like to see in the blog? Farm visits? Information about the Producers and the food they offer? How about how other markets in Oregon function or the kinds of products other regions or have in their markets? Or would you like to know how to cook the foods you can purchase through Yamhill Valley Grown, especially if there is some food that is not so commonly found at the local supermarkets? Other ideas? Let me know! Leave comments.
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I have seen this work in West Virginia. Believe me. It works. We consumers want the food you can grow for us. Let me know when I can come visit you!