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Who’s Your Farmer?
Volunteering on a farm is a great way to load up on healthy fresh foods while you’re out on the road. It’s pretty easy to hook-up with a local farmer who allows volunteers to “work for food.” Frank and I have done this for many years, and have pretty much fine tuned our process for seeking out gigs. I must warn you though, farmers often work sun-up to sun-down and can go days or even weeks without checking email, and don’t usually take their phones out to the field.
- Facebook is my absolute first go-to for a number of reasons. I feel that with Facebook you can get a real grassroots feel for the farm and it’s people, and with Facebook you have the ability to read reviews posted by real people. Lastly what I really love about using Facebook for this purpose is the Messenger app. It has been my experience that most farms have messenger set-up so that it will pop-up as soon as you land on the page. I have been very successful with getting timely responses with this method.
- Another favorite of mine is Local Harvest I love everything about Local Harvest. There you will find very detailed profiles of CSA’s, farmers markets, and even events.
- Finally I like to Google search for farmers markets in an area we will be soon heading to. There you will find a complete list of local vendors, which can offer you more information and aid you in making a more informed decision.
Harvest Hosts is by far the best investment we have made for accommodations since we went full-time. For an annual membership fee of $79 Harvest Hosts will allow you access to their data base with the locations of close to 1500 wineries, farms, breweries, distilleries, and attractions which offer Harvest Hosts members free overnight camping.
A Personal Favorite
I’ve been growing sprouts for the better part of my adult life, but it wasn’t until Frank and I played around with adding them to our farmers market table that I became a bit of a connoisseur. Sprouts are easily grown in a mason jar and offer an endless supply of nutrient dense fresh greens. I like that an entire years worth of sprout seed can be stored in a tiny corner of your kitchen cupboard, thus sprouting seeds make for a phenomenal space saver.
Sprouting is a fun & healthy practice, which we will delve into deeper in future posts
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