This time of year really highlights the opportunities you and your family have to eat healthy local produce. Because our climate limits access to local produce for about half of the year, we sometimes forget how many “good food” choices come up in our communities in the summer months.
From Farmers Markets to road side stands, local Wisconsin produce is starting to come out everywhere. Support your local growers and give the people in your life a healthier food experience at the same time. A complete list of local Farmers Markets can be found online at: www.savorwisconsin.com/events/farmersMarketEvents.aspx During “June is Dairy Month” we are reminded of the farming and agricultural economy in Wisconsin. While not the mammoth portion of our economy it used to be, agriculture and dairy farming are still a huge part of how our Wisconsin economy runs. We should do all we can to bring the gift of Wisconsin agriculture and dairy to our dinner tables. It is a great time to catch a local dairy breakfast or partake in an agricultural festival in your local community. Find a list of Wisconsin activities online at http://www.travelwisconsin.com/Fairs_ and_Festivals.aspx or visit your local government website; they almost always have a calendar of events. While we need to support Wisconsin’s large farms and dairies as the economic engines we know they are; the niche market of organic and small farms and farm related industries continues to grow and help our rural recovery.
The micro cheese making industry has once again become something Wisconsin is known for. Micro-breweries continue with stable growth and help local economies.
Finally, small and organic produce farms continue to bring both produce into the local economy and widen the job market in our niche “spin off” agricultural economy.
Please take the time to support your local agricultural, dairy, produce and agricultural related businesses in this, the peak time to remember something special is GROWN in Wisconsin. Don’t forget to buy local produce if you plan a summer stay-cation in Wisconsin. It tastes sweeter when it’s grown in Wisconsin. For more details on public policies that support local farms and our agricultural economy contact my office at 608-266-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org