August 22, 2007 ALMONT — Have you ever wanted to meet the person who grows your food?
If so, a number of local growers will be on hand at the Almont Farmers Market on Sat., Aug. 25 for Meet the Farmer Day.
The first-ever event will serve as a chance for area residents to meet and speak with area farmers, and to better understand the challenges they mutually face.
Teemie Eschenburg, an area farmer who is helping organize Farmer Day, said the timing of the event is significant.
"There has been a lot of press given recently to the problems associated with foods brought in from other countries," said Eschenburg. "We see this as a way to create a personal connection between the consumer and the farmer. And it's a way to profile the people behind the products."
The Almont Farmers Market takes place each Saturday at the northwest corner of Main and School streets.
Among the items regularly available for purchase at are locally-grown produce, herbs, fresh-cut flowers, eggs, honey, pork and baking mixes. A number of crafters also display and sell their wares at the market.
This week, a mini-petting zoo will be set up and the Farmers Market Cafe will be open, featuring coffee and baked goods.
"We hope people will support the local economy and the people who grow products locally," Eschen-burg said. "It's important that people realize the extra nutritional value of local products, compared with those that are produced in other states."
She added that the majority of local farmers sell naturally-grown products, avoiding the chemicals and herbicides often used on larger farms.
"It's a little more labor-intensive to grow naturally," she said, "but small farmers are more willing to do that. This event is about creating that kind of awareness."
For more information about the Almont Farmers Market or Meet the Farmer Day, call Jill Hough at 810-798-8385.