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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. I didn’t get a chance to enter the contest, but I did get out and meet some new farmers recently. This past weekend was Harvest Fest in Pierce County WA, and I met the farmers who I use for a home delivered CSA, and a potential new pork supplier (totally happy with the one I have, but this farm offers some different options). I have to admit, it was kind of hard to oh and ahhh over the piglets, then turn around and buy a package of bacon. I didn’t want the piggies to hear me so I whisphered! Grok on!

    Krys wrote on October 5th, 2010
  2. Great contest! What better way to know where you food is coming from than actually meeting the farmers themselves. Small farms are a dying breed and need our support. Many times the small farmers are in it for the passion of farming and produce higher quality crops and meat. There are less likely to cut corners and take pride in their work. My uncle is a dairy farmer, so thankfully I have access to raw grass fed milk. Hopefully this contest will help to encourage people to make connections with their local farmers.

    Mike wrote on October 5th, 2010
  3. The contest got me thinking about the whole soil/cycle of life thing, and I chanced upon this quotation by Isaac Watts:
    “Earth, thou great footstool of our God, who reigns on high;
    thou fruitful source of all our raiment, life, and food;
    our house, our parent, and our nurse.”
    Watts was one of England’s great writers of hymns in the 18th century, although his career as a churchman got off to a rocky start. He was denied admission into both Oxford and Cambridge because he was a non-conformist. I think we can relate to that!

    Glenn wrote on October 5th, 2010
  4. It’s great to see the different settings in which people interact with their farmers. I hope the masses realize and begin to appreciate that every one of us owes them so much.

    Megan wrote on October 5th, 2010
  5. All through my life I have heard disparaging remarks about farmers. Like it was some lowly profession.

    I always find these remarks amazingly ignorant.

    Now here comes this simple contest that has prompted many of those commenting here to find a local farmer themselves or express their appreciation of the people who grow our food. I’m sure that expressed appreciation is felt by the farmers with each encounter.

    All of us who feel appreciated for the work we do have a greater incentive to keep producing high quality goods and/or service.

    The many comments above have certainly warmed my heart and I’m not even a farmer.

    Sharon wrote on October 5th, 2010
  6. For the past two years, we’ve enjoyed a weekly farm-fresh assortment of fruits and veggie from Abundant Harvest Organics in the California Central Valley, delivered to our neighborhood for a Saturday morning pickup. It took a while to learn how to consume the “big box” each week, but now we’d be so sad if we moved away from AHO. I also got a half-beef from a small Central Valley grass-fed cattle rancher this spring, and we’re loving it. Eggs come from one of several neighbors weekly. Grok on!

    Karen G wrote on October 5th, 2010
  7. I failed to do this contest…our farmer’s market is not the greatest. But I do occationally get farm fresh eggs from a friend at work.

    Brian Prochaska wrote on October 5th, 2010
  8. It’s nice to see all those smiling faces of farmers. They seem to be ‘down to earth’ and have perhaps one of the most intimate relations with our foods…since they raise them from the soil on up :)

    runningjay wrote on October 5th, 2010
  9. I wish our CSA (Be Wise Ranch) still held annual farm tours. It was a great way to meet the people who grew our food and meet some of the other families who ate all that wonderful produce.

    ScottMGS wrote on October 5th, 2010
  10. I loved these photos- I think it’s great for people to be involved with where their food comes from, and think it’s something everyone should do if possible, Primal or not!

    Victoria wrote on October 6th, 2010

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