Supporting your Local Farmer with Magnolia Roots

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hi everyone! In this post we're gonna talk about supporting your local farmer! This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. 

This is another lovely tee from a shop called Magnolia Roots which I talked more about in this post! Lindsey, the founder and owner, designs the cutest apparel and this tee is one of my favorites because it's a great message! She is launching a website next month and will begin a series featuring local farmers around the world. Isn't that awesome?! Keep your eye out for it! Another thing I love about Magnolia Roots is that a portion of their sales go to the Women Food and Agriculture Network. The WFAN is an organization that helps women who dream of becoming farmers by connecting them with the right resources to be successful. 

 You can shop this shirt ↠here

Along with showing you guys this shirt, I want to talk about why it's important to support your local farmer! Here are a few reasons as to why you should add your local market to your grocery shopping routine:

1. The food is fresher
When you go into the grocery store and look at where most of the produce is from, it's places like Mexico, California, Florida. It took a long time for that produce to reach your grocery store shelves! Most fruits and veggies at the store are already 2 weeks old by the time you purchase them. When you buy from local farmers, you know the food is fresh. Most likely picked within the last day or two or maybe even just that morning. When it's fresher, it tastes better!

2. Better for you
Not only does the food taste better when it's fresher, but it's also better for you. Studies show that while the produce is sitting in a truck or on the shelves at the grocery store for a long time it loses some of it's nutrients. Not only that but a lot of the produce at the grocery store is picked before it is even ripe and then artificially ripened, causing the food to have less nutrients and also causing it to be dangerous to our health. Your local farmers are most likely growing what's in season, it's picked when it's ripe and has the full nutrients. It's always healthier to eat seasonally and fresh vs imported strawberries from the depths of Mexico in the middle of winter, for example.

3. Better for the environment
Smaller farms use less fossil fuels to produce their crops, meat, etc. Since the farmers are selling their goods locally, they don't have to be shipped far away, packaged with a ton of plastic, etc.

4. Supporting local and small
When you shop from your local farmers, you are supporting the farmer and their families directly. It's the same as shopping from a small business. I read a quote once that said, "when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance." Think of it like that! You know where your money is going and you can feel good about it. The fact that these farmers are local is also important because your money will be going back into your local economy and will provide jobs for people in your community.

5. You know exactly what you're getting
A local farmer will be able to tell you details about the crops that you would not be able to find out from shopping at the grocery store. How it was grown, when it was picked, what kind of pesticides were used, etc. When it comes to food everyone has different aspects that are important to them. Whether it's eating organic, or making sure your dairy and meat are sustainably raised in a cruelty free environment, etc. By going to the market you can find a farmer who produces their food in a way that matches up with your needs which will result in feeling good about your purchases from them. Small farmers will be happy to tell you how they grow their food and the details of their crops!


Erica Strauss in her book The Hands-On Home, said it best, "So instead of waiting for someone elseš†‘someone bigger and more powerful and more importantš†‘to tackle environmental, economic, or health issues at the painfully partisan macro level, we are using the power of our purse and our decision-making at the super-micro level to advocate for our values. We may not be able to directly influence national farm policies, but we sure as hell can influence the success of one particular small farmer or dairyman with our support." I love this quote. We have the power to chose what goes into our bodies and where we get it from. I'm not going to get into food politics, but just think about it. Instead of supporting large corporations that care nothing about our health, we can take our money elsewhere, support an individual family who is also a part of the same community we are, all while feeling good about our food choices.

I only touched on a few reasons as to why supporting your local farmer is important, but I encourage you to find a local farmer's market near you. If you're already worried about what you're gonna wear (farmer's markets are always more fun when you look cute am I right?) grab yourself this tee from Magnolia Roots and you will be set! I hope this has inspired you to break out the straw hats and hit the market. Until next time, friends!

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  1. You are honestly one of the most down-to-earth, genuine, and inspiring people I've ever "met". I adore you and your blog and this post. When I still lived in CA I had a friend that would go with me every other week to a farner's market and we would always get produce, fruit, and I had to have the homemade jerky. Also my last job in CA was at a small grocery store that specialized in organic, locally grown produce and locally prepared ready meals to make cooking for yourself and your family more appealing because they were good quality foods and ingredients, and all you had to do was heat and serve. The expiration dates were always only a few days out because they weren't loaded with all the preservatives like other stores. And every morning when I did markdowns and stock, I had to pull the older stuff or anything with a bruise or blemish (we only sold beautiful food haha) and everything "not sell quality" was donated to local food banks. And every few months we had food bank bags for $10 stuffed with non-perishables that people could buy and donate themselves or leave for us to take to our food bank. And we had regulars that would come and buy like 3-4 bags at a time to donate. :,) I'm off topic now but the point! I totally support this and miss all those things because Fayetteville sucks.

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    1. I know it's terrible that I'm just getting around to responding to this...but know that your words mean so much to me and I read every single one of them!! I love you! That grocery store sounds like my kinda place! I wish they had something like that around here. And I love that the food is donated! More places need to do that. I always wonder where leftover + extra food goes at the end of the day... When you move back to CA, take me with you!!
      I love you forever and your comments make my life so bright. Thank you Miranda

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