The Bisbee Farmers Market Report, Bountiful Bisbee, gives listeners weekly insight to what is happening at the market and the goods and produce available. The program also includes ecology and cooking tips for earth-friendly living.
This week, Bountiful Bisbee is so thankful for the return of rain to our area! Tune in to find out information about Baja Sustainable Agriculture (BaSA) and their upcoming local food directory that helps you find local growers and the businesses that support them. Also, remember that while it is monsoon season, the growers come rain or shine. This week Derek and Amy Ross are the musical entertainment, better known as Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl.
Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture, (BASA), is a 501c3 non-profit organization working to increase local sustainable food production and marketing in southern Arizona. Sustainable agriculture is good for the earth, good for people and good for communities.
Ten Reasons to Eat Local Food:
1. Local food taste better and has more variety. Think just picked tomatoes, lettuce or asparagus and heirloom or local varieties such as Willcox Pink Lady & Sundowner apples. Local farmers are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for shipping and shelf life.
2. Locally grown produce is fresher and retains more nutrients. Compare supermarket food that has been in transit or cold-storage for days or weeks to that sold at a farmers market often picked within 24 hours of your purchase.
3. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. They don’t have to stand up to the rigors of shipping and are not harvested green but left to truly vine ripen. Local peaches and figs can be deliciously soft, sweet or juicy and watermelons split at the touch of a knife.
4. Local food travels many fewer miles. That means less use of fossil fuels, less pollution and better air quality. The average forkful of food in the US travels 1,500 miles to reach your plate.
5. Eating local supports the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
6. Buying locally raised food directly from the producers helps to keep ranchers and farmers in business. With industrial, long-distance food, the producer gets only 8 cents out of every food dollar. Ninety two cents goes to the shippers, processors, grocers, middlemen and advertisers.
7. Eating local food keeps local agricultural land in production ensuring that future generations will still be surrounded by lots of open fields, grazing lands and wildlife.
8. Eating local food keeps us in touch with the seasons and the land. By eating with the seasons, foods are eaten when they are at their peak taste, are most abundant and least expensive. Children who grow up where there are still farms and ranches know where food comes from and how it is produced.
9. Local food has a story. Knowing where your food comes from and the rancher, farmer, orchardist or beekeeper who produced it means that it is not anonymous stuff but is accountable. You can visit where it’s raised.
10. Local food increases community food security by retaining the experts that know how to produce food. Depending on far away food sources at the end of a long and vulnerable food chain leaves a region at the mercy of supply disruptions and more opportunities for harmful contamination.
If you are just getting ready to start your garden now that monsoon season is here, there will be plenty of bedding plants available at this week's market. Also, Helen at the Killer Bee Honey Booth will have on hand a terrific lemongrass based, bug spray from Plant Earth Remedies.
Remember, the market is open rain or shine and there will be plenty of fresh, local produce, healthy meats, and various baked goods available so come, shop, and stock up for your celebration on this 4th of July weekend.
Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl
Laura Smith, host; Keith Allen Dennis, original music; and Ryan J. Bruce, producer.