National Farmer’s Day, October 12, is a day to honor hardworking farmers throughout American history. Only 2% of us feed and sustain the rest of us. Let’s show farmers some love!
Today and every day (but particularly during this pandemic), we celebrate our farmers, ranchers, producers, and all the hardworking folks who feed us. We rely on farmers to get fresh food on our tables during uncertain times.
Who are our American farmers? Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture conducts a census of U.S. farmers. While the latest census data shows that the majority of farmers are older (average age: 58+), there are also more young men, women, and minority farmers than ever before. We need farmers of the future to plant, feed, raise, and harvest all the food that keeps our citizens fed!
Please thank a farmer today!
Meet Today’s Small Farm
For National Farmer’s Day, we’re highlighting Lettuce Love Farm, a small farm owned by Lauren Tyner and Kevin Haggerty, both in their 20s. We follow them as they navigate the challenges of being business owners who care about food, farming, and the environment.
How to Support Your Local Farmer
Supporting your local farmer is easy! Many small farms, like Lettuce Love Farm, sell directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets. Visit yours to meet local farmers, learn about their farming practices, and buy the freshest produce, eggs, and meat.
Find farmers’ markets in your area here.
The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac
Did you know that The 2021 Old Farmer’s Almanac is now available? It comes out annually every fall and you can find a copy in your local store—from Tractor Supply to Lowe’s! See where to buy the 2021 Almanac in your area.
Or, see all of our 2021 editions online at Amazon.com to get a copy shipped straight to your home. It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your list, too!