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Buy Fresh, Buy Local -- Help Iowa

July 10, 2007

Many Iowans live within a few miles of where food is grown, but very few venture out to the farms to buy their food directly from producers. As part of a statewide “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign, farmers in the Quad Cities area are hosting farm tours this weekend, with stops at farms, restaurants, and farmers markets. Kate Geest's hog farm is part of the tour. She says buying from local farmers is a way to get the freshest possible produce, and see exactly where your food is coming from.

“The nice thing about it is, if people have questions they can question the producer of what they do and how they do it.”

Geest notes that once consumers meet and talk with local farmers they are more likely to buy directly from the farm, and that helps boost farm revenue.

“Probably the biggest benefit is that the money stays local. So this is something that will help rural Iowa and rural America.”

The tour is part of a statewide effort by Practical Farmers of Iowa to connect consumers with local farmers, and help those farmers market their produce directly to shoppers in their area.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA