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5 Oct

Contest Results: Meet a Farmer

It turns out that when I announced the “Meet a Farmer” contest and encouraged people to make a connection with their local food suppliers I overlooked the fact that many of the farmers themselves read Mark’s Daily Apple. So whether you took a picture of yourself and sent it in, or made the pilgrimage to a local farm or your town’s farmers’ market to grab a photo, you were entered to win the Primal prize.

Thanks to everyone that submitted a photo. I hope the experience was well worth the effort whether you won this contest or not. Speaking of…

The winner of this contest, chosen randomly, is MDA reader Luigi. Luigi is the one who snapped a photo with his free-range egg supplier, Tricia (the blonde woman with the bird).

The contest may be over but you can still meet and greet your local food suppliers. Make the effort if you haven’t already. I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. This is so great! I wanted to take a pic but didn’t get a chance to, family visiting. :-( It is so neat to see other people connecting with their local farmers. Does anyone else to CSA co-ops?

    ElizaGrok wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • I’m sorry, grammar correction, it should read “does any one else participate in CSA?”

      ElizaGrok wrote on October 5th, 2010
      • I’ve been involved in CSAs off and on for the past few years. It’s an excellent way to really support local farmers and to actually have a say in the food you eat! It’s often a big investment up front, but usually saves you lots of money over time.

        Rachael wrote on October 5th, 2010
      • We have a lovely CSA program in Austin, where an intermediary company works with dozens of farmers, ranchers, and other local food companies in Central Texas, bundles things together, then delivers to your door! We’ve been ordering from them for two years.

        We also spent last Saturday morning at one of Austin’s farmer’s markets. First time, but we’ll probably be making that a regular thing. :)

        Christine M. wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • I love my CSA! The only downside is that my schedule makes it so that I can only get to the drop-off point in the middle of the pickup period, when it’s on the honor system and I don’t get to meet the farmers.

      but on the upside I kinda feel like I know them, because my farm is the South Central Farmers, the subject of the documentary “the farm”

      moonablaze wrote on October 5th, 2010
  2. Look at all the healthy smiling faces! I love my local farmers!

    Ryan wrote on October 5th, 2010
  3. This truly is an important aspect of food acquisition, I believe. In the modern world, we often don’t know who handled our food or raised it, and we therefore have only a minimal connection to the food itself. By meeting farmers, ranchers, and the like, we get a sense of that connection and develop a sense of investment in those people as well as in ourselves and our families.

    It’s like extending the cave tribe a little bit without having to worry about sharing the bathroom. ;)

    Lisa wrote on October 5th, 2010
  4. I liked this contest idea, even though I didn’t enter it. I think people these days are too disconnected from their food. I mean really, if people thought about what it takes to make turkey look and taste (sort of) like bacon, they wouldn’t eat it! Same goes for most of what you buy in a package at the grocery store. Plus, health reasons aside, it’s always nice to support the local economy by buying direct from farmers.

    I thought about taking a photo of myself with my chickens when I didn’t have time to get to the farmer’s market last week, but decided not to. We do sell eggs when we have a surplus, but we’re not really farmers :D

    Audry wrote on October 5th, 2010
  5. I love that in so many pictures, the people are holding their animals.
    Especially the goats.
    I think it shows a healthy relationship that the animals trusted the farmers enough to not claw and scratch and kick, but be held long enough for a photo op.

    Melody wrote on October 5th, 2010
  6. These pictures give me a glimmer of hope that the future of our food industry might change toward more natural and healthier ways due to people seeking out farmers and farmer’s markets. The power of change is in your wallet.

    MamaSofi wrote on October 5th, 2010
  7. It’s great to put faces with Farmers and other MDA readers! It helps to feel connected and to see that they are regular people who care about their health and where their food comes from!

    kepo wrote on October 5th, 2010
  8. I think this contest idea was fantastic. If we really want to see a change in how people in general consider the quality of their food it needs to start at a grass roots level with patronizing local farmers who farm in ways that are ethical environmentally and nutritionally. See here for more: http://www.honestmeat.com/honest_meat/2010/09/so-you-say-you-want-a-food-revolution.html

    Emerson wrote on October 5th, 2010
  9. I would have enjoyed taking part in this contest if I…

    1) had access to my own vehicle,
    2) knew of any local farm or farmer’s market in Miami, and
    3) had the opportunity to get to said farm/farmer’s market.

    That said, I am definitely happy to see just how many small farms (not subsidized by Big Sista government to grow GMO junk) are out there. And now I want to get outta Miami and live near one… :D

    VelocityRD wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • I did a quick google for grassfed miami and found millers organic farm delivers to miami. They are an amish farm and I am sure there are others that deliver to other locations. I’m carless as well and it’s a total PITA sometimes.

      Maya wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • You do live near one, in fact you live near several. :-) Good luck on foraging, you really can find good local food and farmers most places.

      http://www.florida-agriculture.com/consumers/farmers_markets.htm

      Mike Wootini wrote on October 5th, 2010
  10. I think I recognized an MDAer in a picture, yay!
    I wanted to meet my CSA delivery guy, but our schedules weren’t condusive to that happening…

    Peggy wrote on October 5th, 2010
  11. It’s great to see more people getting to know the folks that produce their foods! I’m sure the farmers appreciated the recognition as well.

    Another way to get to know a farmer or to become one yourself is to volunteer with a local community garden or CSA. Many of them need help with watering, planting and lots of the work in between.

    Justine wrote on October 5th, 2010
  12. Okay so living in a typical Southern Californian suburban neighborhood I only considered the health food stores, local farmer’s markets, and ordering grass fed beef online as options for acquiring the foods we wanted. Imagine my surprise when my husband thought to search for grass-fed beef on craigslist and found a small ranch within an hours drive which raises pastured beef! WOW! I, following my very clever husband’s lead, then searched for free-range eggs and found a lady who raises happy, stress-free (I picture them relaxing poolside..lol), free range chickens for eggs 5 minutes from our house! I am so excited to meet these local people and see first hand where my food will come from. Oh and we also found a great deal on a freezer so we can stock up on the beef! Now to find a local source for free range organic chicken!

    Keeley wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • It’s really amazing what is out there under the radar. BTW: those fresh eggs are gonna spoil you. When the chickens stop laying and you have to eat organic free range in the winter you’re gonna hate like LMAO

      Maya wrote on October 5th, 2010
      • I know very little about the laying habits of chickens…do they stop laying in the winter? even in warmer climates like SoCal? I guess I will find out…lol

        Keeley wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • that’s awesome! I’m a LA resident but dispute a lot of searching haven’t found these places yet, care to share your finds? comment here or email me at moonablazeATgmailDOTcom (replace caps with @ and .)

      moonablaze wrote on October 5th, 2010
  13. This is one that I have every intention of still doing. It wasn’t possible for me the weekend of the contest, but it’s such an awesome idea.

    Liz Chalmers wrote on October 5th, 2010
  14. Growing up in a big city, I remember laughing hysterically at my best friend who always said that she wanted to be a farmer when she grew up. I don’t think that she is a farmer now, but if she DID become one, the joke would be on me. For the farmers who are keepin’ it real, what a noble profession! ~Karyn

    Karyn (Calvin's wife) wrote on October 5th, 2010
  15. Who needs health care when your eating towards a disease free life. My pharmacy is a living, breathing, growing farm. My pharmacist is the farmer.

    Seamus wrote on October 5th, 2010
  16. Love it!
    We get produce home-delivered. I should have thought to get a picture; I was home last Monday and they have the cutest truck! But even better is visiting the farmers’ market or local butcher, where they can tell you everything from how to grow an item to how to cook it. And fresh local produce is just ridiculously tasty! Last month I found late harvest strawberries at the farmers’ market, which were among the best I have ever ever tasted. This week I caved to a sale and bought conventional strawberries from California at the regular grocery store. Hard to believe the two are related at all.

    Ely wrote on October 5th, 2010
  17. My favorite part about meeting my farmers is tapping into their seriously underestimated (and too often overlooked) knowledge base. If you have the chance to meet the person who grew/raised your dinner, take advantage and ask questions! Everything from explaining the origin and flavor profile of a “new” (to me) veggie to the optimal recipe for cooking a “new” cut of meat is not only enlightening but also encourages me to try new things with gusto. Moreover, I find that few can more convincingly justify the premium charged for his goods than the guy whose sweat produced them.

    NS wrote on October 5th, 2010
  18. I meet several local farmers at our town’s farmer’s market (which sadly ended for the season). I even found a butcher who specializes in free range animals and is a local ‘clearhouse’ for a few egg farmers who raise free range, organic fed, healthy chickens to produce some very tasty eggs.

    Joe The Toad wrote on October 5th, 2010
  19. This is one of the most important things I’ve learned from MDA – being connected to your food. I did a CSA a few years ago and thought it was too much work so I canceled it. This year I joined a CSA and a meat CSA and love them both! Yes, it’s more work to plan and cook, but the food is amazing, it’s so much healthier, and I’m supporting my local farmers. Win, win, win!

    Jenn wrote on October 5th, 2010
  20. CSAs, and really any local food providers, are great. I just got into a CSA this year and I get to try new things all the time. I now love okra and mustard greens and eggplant, all things I never would have thought to buy in a grocery store. Each new box from the CSA is like a challenge to create something new and delicious with things you may have never tried before

    Ben wrote on October 5th, 2010
  21. WOW! I was looking through the pictures and didn’t even realize I won until after the slideshow went through. This made my day :) Thanks Mark and the MDA Crew!

    Luigi wrote on October 5th, 2010
  22. primal stuff aside, I am seeing a real rise in buying locally produced food, and I think it’s just fantastic.

    I live in Boulder, CO, a town that has been very progressive when it comes to attitudes about food. sure, there are plenty of veggies and vegans around here, but there’s a lot of focus on fresh, local ingredients, even in local restaurants.

    recently, a food truck called Streat Chefs started making round around the city, and one of their menu items is a “farmers market salad,” where they take different veggies on different days from different farmers markets, and create a unique salad based on what they have. it’s great to see that even street vendors can appreciate something locally grown and produced.

    I hope this rise continues, and I hope that someday, future generations will be asking “factory farm? what’s that?” way to go, Grok-stars, for supporting your local farmers. you guys have inspired me and my parents to invest in a local CSA share in the coming year!

    Benjamin wrote on October 5th, 2010
  23. Is it just me or are Primal people the happiest looking people in the country? I think that eating good and taking pride in your health, body, and mind makes the life just so much more enjoyable!

    I never want to go back to life where chemicals and carbs rule my day and my emotions!

    Cajun Grok Girl wrote on October 5th, 2010
  24. Hmmm…. the thought of MDA readers meeting farmers (SO thoughtful of you, Mark) has me thinking many thoughtful thoughts, thoughtfully.

    Bob Sher wrote on October 5th, 2010
  25. Met my local farmers last yr. This yr met a rancher and got half a grass fed cow while I was there. :-)

    Vicky wrote on October 5th, 2010
  26. This is how our connection with food should be. All of these photos of smiling people say it perfectly. Know where you food comes from by going to your local farmers market and meeting a farmer! There is nothing like building a relationship with the people who grow or raise your food as these photos show.

    Primal Toad wrote on October 5th, 2010
  27. It’s awesome to see the variety of people that are out there meeting farmers and refreshing to know that there are local farmers that are accessible to so many of us. I am looking forward to spending more time with my local farmer and am hoping that my local famer’s market continues through the winter months!

    Laura wrote on October 5th, 2010
  28. I love that you did this contest. I think it is critical that we support our local farmers. My ‘beef-lady’ wasn’t at the market this week and I had to work – so I didn’t get to enter this one. But you bet I will be there bright and early on Saturday to reap the benefits…and I will keep reaping benefits all week long as I eat that grass-fed wonder.

    Amanda wrote on October 5th, 2010
  29. I’m not sure that it’s very insightful for me to just point out that the girl in the black dress is cute, so I’ll also add that I love talking with the farmers at our market. Particularly the meat guy – when you get to know him, he will set stuff aside for you, you can email him to order things (if he has it), and you can get great tips on how to prepare odd cuts!

    Kris wrote on October 5th, 2010
  30. I really like seeing where your food comes from and who is handling it. When I was a kid we went to a turkey farm, and I was really scared of all the turkeys in the tent. There were thousands of them. It’s no wonder I didn’t care for turkey meat until I was an adult. Perhaps even at 6 I knew that them being crammed in that tent was unethical. What’s worse, is that they could have been sold as “cage free”.
    I have no problem eating an animal that has had a good life and been properly fed. Visiting the farm would give people the evidence they need to make decisions about how their food was treated during life.

    Sara wrote on October 5th, 2010
  31. I have always wanted to meet the farmers and ranchers who provide me with my food. Unfortunately, with my work schedule that hasn’t happened yet. I definitely intend to set some time away this spring to do some farm tours, it seems like an incredible experience to meet the farmers face to face.

    Tyler B. wrote on October 5th, 2010
  32. I adore my farmer’s market here in Germany, talking to the farmers and getting to take home just-picked produce and just-layed eggs.

    Elle wrote on October 5th, 2010
  33. This is the most frustrating aspect of Primal living for me because, in my experience, the food at these farmer’s markets is more expensive. My wife isn’t Primal and I can’t convince to let us shop here and it’s very frustrating. I know that this is the best food I can but we just can’t afford it. Hopefully one day we can because there is one right near our house every weekend.

    Ryan wrote on October 5th, 2010
  34. In the Lower Midwest, we have a number of CSA’s, coops and small farmers. What I find interesting is that several of them have been around for a while (7+ years) and they can make a living! It would seem that not just Grok’s are partaking in the wonders of fresh, organically grown vegetables and pastured meats. One farm in particular has about 350 varieties of vegetables. Variety I think is a key to adapting your lifestyle to eating Primal as most big box stores only offer one or two varieties of a handful of vegetables. They may have some organically grown…but from where is any one’s guess. We need to support these farmers, or Monsanto / Dow may take them all over!

    Shawn wrote on October 5th, 2010
  35. Great photos!! I love buying local and supporting the local farms and also knowing I am doing me and my family right by eating good healthy fresh food. I sure will miss the ‘summer’ farmers markets that happen around here, got myself some good acorn and spaghetti squash last week.

    Lori wrote on October 5th, 2010
  36. I missed this contest, but I think I’ve won a prize anyway.

    My favorite ( of my many ) local farmer’s market is on Sunday morning. For the past three weeks I’ve made it a habit to finish my shopping by stopping at the TLC Farms booth. ( Tastes Like Chicken Farms =p )

    The first week I was new to Primal. Unfamiliar as I was with the world of meat I asked for some suggestions on cuts and deals.

    The next week the woman at the booth remembered me. She’s an effortlessly friendly sort and we got to talking about farm practices, dietary beliefs, and the piglet she has running around her backyard ( She has to keep calling him “Bacon” to remind herself what’s coming! )

    This week when I arrived at the booth she had pictures of her piglet and a dozen eggs ready for me. I think about this connection when I cook my eggs, it’s marvelous having that tie to where my food comes from.

    BoyPrimal wrote on October 5th, 2010
  37. There is so much beauty in knowing where our food comes from. I raised my twins vegan for the first 7 years of their life and even after the past 6 years of eating meat my daughter only liked bacon. She would eat meat but only after staring at it for a long time. Since meeting our farmer, Tara Firma Farms, she doesn’t stare anymore. She feels more connected to the food and is happy that the cows were happy.

    Kids are sensitive, they are wise in a lot of ways and looking back at the last 6 years… she was right. Good food from good people just feels good and all those happy smiling faces put a fine point on that truth for me.

    Maya wrote on October 5th, 2010
  38. We met a farmer last week, although we didn’t post a picture. One thing I would like to share is that all of these farmers (including the one we met) seem to really like their jobs. They make it seem like physically demanding (in a good way), rewarding work. Contrast this with some of the factory chicken or corn farmers you see on Food Inc. or King Corn. Let’s just say the factory farmed animals aren’t the only ones suffering on the farm!

    September wrote on October 5th, 2010
  39. yay, I’m the 2nd picture with Brinkley Farms. I love my CSA and Brinkley Farms in North Carolina have been there for me over the past 2 years serving up pork, chicken, and heaps of veggies – I just made pumpkin soup with the pumpkin in that box.

    Mike Wootini wrote on October 5th, 2010
  40. Our community started holding a farmers market this summer, and it became the highlight of my week. The beef farmer remembered us after one week. She and my husband swapped recipes while I eyed up the neighboring vendor’s jars of local honey. The vegetables were so tasty, and in this case, they were much less expensive than the big box. I’m sad that it’s over for the season.

    Page wrote on October 5th, 2010

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