Comments for Nami Moon Farms http://www.namimoonfarms.com Pasture Raised Meats • Honey • Vegetables • Eggs & more Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:37:13 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Nami Moon Website http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-56466 Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:37:13 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-56466 We have rules about locally grown stuff, but it’s hard to enforce those rules. There’s no real protocol for it. This year, I think some of us are just going to take it upon ourselves to identify our products as locally grown and then try to find a way to clearly identify each other in the market so that we stand out. At the very least, I hope it starts a conversation or ten.

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Comment on The Price of a Turkey by Nami Moon Website http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-price-of-a-turkey/#comment-56465 Sat, 19 Mar 2016 15:35:27 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=390#comment-56465 Good point on the injected fluids! I’ve even seen “chicken broth” as 15% of weight on some packages. Pretty crazy.

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Comment on The Price of a Turkey by George http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-price-of-a-turkey/#comment-56456 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:03:24 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=390#comment-56456 Also remember that bird’s in the store are injected with a water based brine 10 or 15% of the bird’s weight, making it heavier driving the cost down, because water and salt cost next to nothing for the producers
Fresh uninjected Turkey raised locally can’t be beat and will always be worth the cost

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Margie http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-56135 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:26:50 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-56135 I participate in a farmer’s market. Yes we grow our own vegetables. We also have vendors that sell other items, breads, pastery and jelly. But that is the extent of other items offered. Most of us try to keep our prices together. But have vendor(s) that try to undercut prices. Have had customers o ask if there was something wrong with the vegetable. I had the same question but never voiced it. Nothing that is not locally grown or cooked can be sold. No “flee market” items.

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Nami Moon Website http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55999 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:21:35 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55999 That sounds like an incredible operation! I’m sure anyone who has worked with you has benefited a great deal. You’re right about people wanting convenience, but I think cooking is making a comeback (a little). There do seem to be people who are interested in things like preserving food again (including myself). It’s kind of crazy to me to see that within two generations we forgot a LOT of knowledge about food, food prep and food preservation. I’m not sure if that’s because of convenience, effective marketing or both. Thanks for sharing your thoughts : )

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Sharon Carson http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55997 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:52:56 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55997 I love your post . I have been growing our food on this homeastead for about 40 years and I have seen the changes in the market as well as CSA movement . I grow my own rabbit and chicken for meat so I can be sure of the ethics and quality .
I also barter with other local growers that I know personally and have visited their farms .
i eat well and have not been sick in a long time . I have offered a program here where only about 10 peopople can join my garden and work together to grow foods for themselves co-operatively. It still cost money,about the same as a csa . They also need to commit at least 3 hours /week for the program but they can also learn to grow heir own foods make compost, start seeds, plan a garden and preserve foods for winter . It is an educational CSA that requires labor and comittment and being part of a team or community. There is no question of where the food is from or how its grown . I am 68 years old and have gardened 60 of those years always without chemicals so I know a little. I know I can’t afford to hire anyone and can’t do all the work alone to feed 10 families. It sure seems like a good solution to me but it sure swims against the stream of people expecting cheap food already washed and cut up for them …..

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Tamara http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55995 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:30:04 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55995 Thanks for the article. There isn’t much that bothers a farmer more than another supplier trying to pretend they grew what they are selling. In MN most markets are producer only but the big one in Minneapolis isn’t. They have all the tropical fruits an ethnic supermarket has. They say it is for convenience. I think it is imperative to teach consumers about seasonal eating and having convenience bananas and lemons for them at market doesn’t teach anything. Eating what is truly local reduces pollution and helps the earth. It also tastes better. Some consumers just don’t have the same feelings about this as farmers. The aggregate CSAs just make sense to them. They are not thinking about supporting a farm or farms going belly up because of not getting support. There is a CSA near me that buys in all her produce and then packs and distributes. All she is is a delivery vehicle. It drives me crazy. I have looked at the satellite images too! But one day when someone brought this business up and I ranted about it, they just started at me and asked why it bothers me so much.

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Nami Moon Website http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55994 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:25:29 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55994 Yeah. If I had access to the chart, I would change it. I can bring it up to CIAS, though. That, or check and see if they have anything updated. I think it’s hard to make a chart that captures everything, too. At best, I’d say that the chart is a guide for starters and then, if someone is selling berries in Fall, they can ask and learn about different types of strawberries, etc. I think people will learn far more from these types of conversations than any chart anyone could ever make. In the meantime, I’ll see what I can do about further clarifying that people *can* and do pull off some amazing crops when they’re not supposed to be able to given conventional wisdom.

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Tamara http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55993 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:21:35 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55993 I also think strawberries on these sorts of charts should be altered. A great many farmers grow day neutral strawberries and have them until frost outside. I bring more to market in fall than June. In June the members get the berries and in late summer and fall they go to market.

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Comment on The Elephant At The Market by Nami Moon Website http://www.namimoonfarms.com/news/the-elephant-at-the-market/#comment-55992 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:30:52 +0000 http://www.namimoonfarms.com/?p=821#comment-55992 Bananas! That’s funny. I will say that there exists at least one high tunnel in Kansas where bananas are being grown, but aside from the novelty of having them in there, I don’t think they are sold in any great amounts. It’s actually quite incredible what some farms are pulling off in cold climates, but yeah, we have to ask to find out more. Then again, I wouldn’t have asked about the bananas either 🙂

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