Another Weekend or Two of Farm Fun in the Triangle

Yes, I know the rain is coming this weekend, but I have got to write about farm fun this weekend. Don’t let the rain drops stop you from having fun on a farm or for a farm this weekend. Remember, the rain is what helps the plants grow!

 

My family almost always starts our Saturday mornings with a bike ride to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market followed by time at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. As always I encourage you to start your weekend at one of the farmer’s markets in the area.

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family selfie at Weaver Street Market after a recent trip to the Farmer’s Market

 

This weekend, my family will be celebrating and supporting farms in a different and dancing kind of way. You can find us at FarmAid.

Each year, Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline a Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land. Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America, raising more than $45 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to learn about the Good Food movement.

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To see the complete rundown of local food in the picture visit my recent blog post)

The past two organizations highlighted by FarmAid (and receives funds) are our very own local groups:

Rural Advancement Foundation International: The Rural Advancement Foundation International cultivates markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms.

and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. This is the first time North Carolina has hosted the concert and it will be held at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Cary.

Part of my childhood was spent in a small town in New York, but bicycling distance to Massachusetts. Growing up, I spent many nights under the stars listening to many of great musicians at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  I remember buying the lawn seats and sitting, singing and dancing the night away. I can also remember  one night of music in a small town in Massachusetts attending a local farm fundraiser with my folks.  I remember Arlo Guthrie and friends singing their hearts out for local farms. Tomorrow, I will be carrying on this tradition with my girls. I hope you consider putting this on your calendar for the weekend. This time it will be Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Melloncamp and Dave Matthews sining their hearts out for local farms.

Stay tuned for my gluten free walk of locally farmed and sourced food at the concert!

 

Upcoming Farm Festivals to mark into the calendar:

Pepper Festival

Eastern Farm Tour

 

Possible Road trip in NC with farms in mind:

NC Mountain State Fair

Mountain Farm Tour

 

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