Organic and Aware, Wisconsin Farmers Markets
Small-scale farmers worldwide offer an increasingly rare view of the simple life in this complicated world of limitless opportunities. Their simple lifestyles have somehow become a novelty as much as the goods they produce. As such, farmers markets the world over bear daily witness to the hustle and bustle of human life. And with the trend of eating healthy, fresh and organic, farmers markets are now busier then ever.
In Wisconsin, a state known for its dairy production and sprawling farms, the Wisconsin Farmers Markets are not just a trend. They are what have driven the local economy and community from days gone by.
The states rich agricultural resources ensure that Wisconsin Farmers Markets thrive yearlong with a variety of fresh farm produce of fruits, vegetables and a variety of animal products.
Wisconsin is one of the largest dairy producing states in the US and ranks second as the national leader in organic farming. Organic farms in the state grew by 157 percent in five years between 2002 and 2007 as the nation and the world became increasingly eco-aware and conscious of the foods that were being consumed.
In the summer months, the farmers markets offer a fresh salad bowl of healthier eating options from arugula to eggplants and beets to scallions as the harvest season in the state extends from June to October with the exception of a few winter produce.
This accompanied with the wide variety of healthy organic meat available yearlong, the Wisconsin Farmers Markets offers something for every palate.
During the winter months, some healthy fresh alternatives available include rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, parsnips, spinach and tomatoes.
Year round different foods items are available in Wisconsin and they include meats, poultry, eggs, milk, dry beans, popcorn, honey, cheese, mushrooms, mushrooms, and sorghum.
And for those who miss the warmth of delicious home cooked meals because their busy lifestyle does not allow for it, the farmers markets have this covered.
Wisconsin leads the nation in the organic dairy and beef farms so its consumers at local farmers markets can be certain of a healthy purchase. It also leads the nation in the organic farming of hogs and pigs, chickens, turkeys, which means a wide variety of healthy alternatives for the carnivorous consumers.
Previously a state that was feeling the effects of the decline in interest in the agricultural farming of its younger generation, since 2002, Wisconsin has seen a positive change due to increased organic farming.
It is hoped that this trend continues its upward climb to ensure the sustenance of a healthier lifestyle not only for the state, but also for the nation as a whole.
Perhaps an encouraging sign is the formation of the Wisconsin Farmers Markets Association; which was brought about to ensure that expertise and resources from around the state were fully utilized in the success and growth of farmers markets. This association is made up of market managers from across the various farmers markets across the state. Their mission is to support and encourage local farmers and their products.