Here is an article from the Times Argus titled, "Vermonters Create Movement from Roots", by one of Silvia's good friends who is rooted in Marshfield, VT. It explains what the Rooted in Vermont social media campaign is all about. We hope it may provoke you to think about how you define your Foodshed and ability to purchase regionally, and perhaps share how you are "rooted in Vermont" and of your connection to Wildstone Farm. Galbraith also wrote a great article in Vermont's Local Banquet titled "Neighbors to the North- a Plethora of Produce", that got us thinking about defining our Foodshed with more of a regional perspective.
As small, organic farmers we also try to support our other local farmers and producers. Sometimes it is hard to be able to afford to keep your purchases local, but we believe it can be possible with a bit of creativity. We are very thankful for some programs like Hoosac Harvest, which help to subsidize a few of our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares in the Northern Berkshires to make them more affordable to some families.
We ask you to keep your food purchases regional and consider joining one of our CSA shares in Southern Vermont or the Northern Berkshires (Williamstown and North Adams area). Perhaps go over the amount of money you may spend on produce at your grocer and figure out what that cost breakdown is. Do you overbuy produce and it goes to waste? Read our CSA page and offerings and see what may work for you. Maybe split a share with a friend if you're away some of summer or think a share is too large for you. Those joining the Northern Berkshires CSA Shares will have more ability, like our Farmers' Market CSA Shareholders, to customize a bit more of what you want in your Sharebox! A win-win!
Still on the fence? Read this article, "How to Eat Organic Veggies for Less than $10 a Week: Join a CSA", by The Penny Hoarder. We do hope you'll join our Wildstone Farm CSA this season!
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"Local has become a buzzword around food these days, as consumers strive to purchase ever-increasing portions of their shopping list from local food sources...They’re [consumers] also driven to know the person who grew their food and keep their food dollars circulating among neighbors.
But Perreault points out that many Vermonters have always eaten locally sourced food, even before it became popular because raising and growing their own food was the only economical choice." - from "Vermonters Create Movement From the Roots" article by Sarah Galbraith in the the Times Argus