Our Philosophy

Food Fanatics

We are food fanatics.  We care about the nutritional quality of the food for ourselves and our children. Humans should return to the eating habits of our grandparents, harvesting goods from the homestead.  No wonder Americans suffer from health epidemics in diabetes, hypertension and heart disease that relates to the deterioration of our diets. Large scale commercial food production uses farming methodologies (herbicides, insecticides, hormones, genetic manipulations and so on) that negatively impact on the quality and tastes of the products. When you consume locally grown and produced food products, your body will thank you by living a longer, healthier life.

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Where the Farmer has a name

For us at the Only Local farmers market, “where the farmer has a name” means more than just a catchy phrase. We believe the local agricultural community should act as the bedrock of the economy. Given the trends of economic globalization, our society has become reliant on the stability of international markets. Read the news on any given day to realize the perilous state of international commerce. What would happen to our food supply should we experience a protracted trade war, not to mention a real world war? 80% of the farms in America belong to individual families. Yet small family owned farms produce only 10% of the food consumed. We are overly dependent on large scale farming enterprises, the global food supply. Our grandparents survived the Great Depression and World Wars on the homestead. We are committed to local food production to make our community more self-reliant. Local food production will address food security in the years ahead. And, not only more self-reliance, when you buy local, you reinforce the stature of the farmers. We believe the individual farming family should once again become the foundation of society. Where the farmer has a name!

Good stewards of the planet

The American culture, as well as societies all over the planet, face the challenges of energy needs.  Modern humans require prodigious amounts of energy to sustain our life-styles. Whether you believe in global warming due to burning fossil fuels or whether you believe that the costs of extracting fossil fuels will become prohibitively more expensive as we deplete the major pockets of  hydrocarbons around the planet, humans should reflect on our excessive dependence of fossilized carbon as a source of energy. The global food chain is an undeniable energy hog.  On average 12 calories of mostly fossil fuel energy go into producing just one calorie of the food we consume.  The use of fossil fuels in every phase of the global food system-from fertilization, chemical treatments and harvesting to manufacturing, packaging and distribution-has utterly transformed what we eat and how our food is grown. Given the impacts of modern industrialization on the environment and economy, global food will not be a toxic free or cheap option in the future. Regional farms are where food must come from. Local Food is not a niche, it is not a fad. We can be better stewards of the planet. Please read this article http://www.postcarbon.org/publications/the-future-is-rural/