[Market-farming] Economy

DUANE BLACK duane_black2001 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 25 15:11:58 EDT 2010

We have a tourist farm with our gardening project and we see the need to get 
back to the earth. People want to connect. They have a postage stamp yard and 
can run 3 acres when they come here. It is just like going to Grandpas without 
the drive. We see families spending more time under the trees and sitting in the 
grass just absorbing the earth and air. It is a sad day when greed overrides 
common sense in these building projects and leaves only a scant yard with barren 
landscapes. It is our job as land owners to show the path to others. Norine K 
Black Landowner and producer wife of Duane Black

Duane Black
Black's Heritage Farm
26156 530th Ave.
Ames, Iowa 50010


From: William H Shoemaker <wshoemak at illinois.edu>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Mon, October 25, 2010 8:17:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Economy

I think you’ve hit on a really important phenomenon Pam. Have you wondered why 
local is so popular, even exceeding, in some peoples estimation, the value of 
organic as a “marketing term”? I wonder if people are feeling they need to 
recapture community. We have issues at the regional, state, federal and global 
level assailing us constantly. The opportunity to participate in something truly 
local, truly a community oriented activity, is getting more scarce. Farmers 
Markets allow us to capture something that is essentially community. Except for 
those who just buy-and-sell. But frankly, even they are more local than the 
major news network anchors. I suspect this element is an important part of the 
success of farmers markets. I’ll bet it could be developed much further. 

William H. Shoemaker
Sr. Research Specialist, Food Crops
Universityof  Illinois- Crop Sciences
St CharlesHorticulture Research   Center
535 Randall Road, St Charles , IL ,  60174
630-584-7254, FAX-584-4610 
wshoemak at illinois.edu

From:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org 
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Pamela Crowe
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 7:44 AM
To: Market  Farming
Subject: [Market-farming] Economy
On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 10:30 PM, michelle  rome <michelleann7 at yahoo.com> wrote:

 I have seen folks go though change to buy one zucchini and one pie pumpkin or 
two-more often than not. Then we have the talkers.Folks don't have money. The 
ones that do have a bit of money are scared they will loose it. 

From what I have experienced the Farmer's Markets are social outlets for many. I 
live in extreme rural. People in my area use certain small businesses and 
churches for such. I sell urban and see this pattern being developed around the 
markets and welcome the instilling of this. This is one reason that markets 
should consider a year round scheduling of some sort to ensure it's 
longevity. This can grow into larger attendance and even with meager purchases 
will help the farmer tremendously. Otherwise some other place could "become" and 
the markets could lose their patterned appeal. 

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