It’s National Farmers Day, so we’re taking time to honor the hard work of our growers who support a more sustainable food system.
One of the things we love most about fighting food waste is that it connects us with a diverse group of growers across the country. Whether they’re tech-forward food hubs in California or decades-old East Coast farmers’ cooperatives, what unites them is their commitment to organic farming practices.
The soil pictured here is from one of our Amish farm partners, Sunnyridge Farm in Spring Run, Pennsylvania. Daniel Beiler, his wife Barbara, and their 13 children have lived and worked on the farm since 1991, growing everything from tomatoes to turnips with horse-drawn implements. It can take years for farmers to cultivate healthy organic soil like the kind you see here. But when microorganisms and worms are allowed to thrive free of pesticides, the ground becomes nutrient- and mineral-rich. More nutrients make their way to your food, accordingly—and if you ask us, so does more flavor. “My reason for farming organically is to better the soil,” Beiler says. “It feels good to me as an organic farmer to think that, when I’m no longer here, when I move on, this soil is going to have a strong long-lasting base of fertility and balance that the future generation will be benefiting from.” Look for more from our visit to Sunnyridge in the coming weeks, and thank a farmer near you for their invaluable work! #MisfitsMarket