Light/Breezes

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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, March 4, 2013

TRUTH OF FARMER'S MARKETS & CALIFORNIA SPRING

TOUGH ODDS

     Michael Broadhurst who manages farmer's markets on the central California coast says less than 1/2 of 1% of America's food dollar is spent at farmer's markets.
     Depending on policies about where and how food is grown, farmer's markets provide the freshest, most local and sustainably grown food in America.
        Broadhurst spoke recently to a Cambria group and provided a kind of State of the Union of American food production.  He is a former chemist who worked in the pharmaceutical industry who became a farmer and grower of food.  He and his wife Carol operate Dragon Spring farms which enjoys a reputation for top quality produce and food products.
        Broadhurst said very few people can make a living in farming alone.  He sounded the dire warning that massive "food process systems" that control product from large farm operations to store shelves are responsible for food illness outbreaks "unlike any of us have ever seen before."   He said there are 7,000 fatal cases of food poisoning a year. A previous post details how one guy made a fortune and threatened your health.
        Broadhurst is a man of science and a farmer who says "food represents a gift in a world where we truly are what we eat."
CALIFORNIA SPRING
capturing blooms around Cambria





      See you down the trail.

3 comments:

  1. I go every Thursday to the TO Farmer's market. Not cheap, but fresh and healthy. There is Latino chicken farmer selling fresh eggs, an Asian farmer selling every kind of asian veggies, you name the food and it's for sale. The organic beef guy has a booth now and I bought his organic beef bacon...try an all fresh, organic BLT with a free range organic egg on it and you'll never go back!

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  2. Spring hasn't arrived here in Oregon yet so thanks for sharing your early spring with us. I can almost feel the sun on my face.

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