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Let's git sumpin straight!
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Mudcat49    Posted 10-07-2002 at 14:11:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
YES! Most of America does get their food from Winn Dixie, Kroger Etc. BUT Winn Dixie, Kroger etc, gets it from a FARMER!!!!! and no i am not a whinny farmer, but I would like to get a fair price for my product! It gripes my a$$ when I only get 10 cent a ear for sweet corn and then go into a store and see them retailing it for 60 cent plus per ear!!!

tomatolord    Posted 10-08-2002 at 06:23:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lets not forget
The store has to transport it to their locations
They have to handle at leat 4 more times
They have spoilage to consider
higher quality (sweet corn at the farmers market ALWAYS has worms in it - my guess is that the farmer sent the good stuff to the grocery store or grew a patch with no pesticides to keep costs down)

Grocery stores only make 1-2% profit - they are not raking it in.

Here in NC there are a lot of farmers markets - however, and I think this is the real key - if all you are doing is growing the same things the stores are selling, then you do not have much chance to succeed.

There is only 1 farmer here that grows phantasia sweet corn and they are ALWAYS sold out -

The local health food stores are always looking for people to grow specific crops for them organically

If you grow and do what everyone else does then it comes down to price

A Man    Posted 10-07-2002 at 18:17:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They can not understand with a mouth full let them starve and they will understand a county boy can surive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bandit    Posted 10-07-2002 at 16:54:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know this is somewhat of an extreme idea. But in the 30's and the 70's some tried farmer strikes... or farmer holidays...
you want people to see how important you guys are we ought try to organize if only for one day....

bob    Posted 10-08-2002 at 05:44:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
you had astart back in 50 ,s and 60,s with the NFO but too many farmers thought they were too indepent and didn,t support it. Then you had control of hogs cattle and grains now you can control nothing.I don,t like it any more than the next guy but In a few years the people producing the food will have control and it will bring a heck of a price but who will get the profit? Some white shirt and tie guy who never even lifted a fork full of s t. not right but this is free enterprise. Thats why I have a few acres to produce my own grub

Sai-Yun Xiang [San Francisco]    Posted 10-07-2002 at 15:54:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with mudcat. American farmers come first, we have to protect Amewrican industry and our agriculture. Don't buy imported fruits and vegetables and BMW is no good either. Support American industry before its too late and you regert it some day.

American farners the best - stop buying from japan.

DeadCarp - too late for farmers?    Posted 10-07-2002 at 17:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
When Willie Nelson started Farm Aid, there were 9 million needy farmers. Now there are only 1 million. Big machinery and corporations rule and the family farmer's in the way. And no, the big kids won't make allowances for us. They're too busy fighting the same price battles and trying to deliver good quality food like our ancestors did. It aint ours anymore. That's reality. :)

Tom A    Posted 10-07-2002 at 15:20:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friends of ours sold milk and eggs to a middleman, "like normal." Three years ago, he built a small on-farm milk processing plant, and now sells milk and milk products direct. Glass bottles with cream on top, homogenized for the yupps, cheese, butter...all great stuff.

He sells for slightly more than what it goes for in the supermarket, but folks drive to his place to get it. He pays off his construction loan, but is still making more per gallon than he ever did before.

I think selling direct is the only way we're gonna make it.

Dennis    Posted 10-07-2002 at 20:39:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everything I read on saving the American small farmer talks about Direct Sales to the consumer.
We sold the one hog for much more than we could have gotten at a sale barn, by selling it to a private individual.

Maybe a farmer's market on the side of the road is the way to go. Also truck selling to the city people. If you get the same price that they pay in the stores you have made good money.

I am not a farmer so my advice is not the best, but I do know what I read.

kraig WY - Rememger we're all in this alone    Posted 10-07-2002 at 14:58:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't count on the government to help cause they're more concerned on getting other countries to like us.
I agree with others. Sell locally. What I use to do with my pigs, 'cept I had to drive 100 miles each way to get feed and that got too costly.
As long as McDonald's buy's beef from Australia in stead of the US we ain;t gonna get a dicient price.

George    Posted 10-07-2002 at 14:47:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The solution is simple----GET ORGANIZED! But that is easier said than done with independent, busy people! That's why politicians don't listen to the WORKING tax-payers, commonly called the quiet majority. So they keep working (just like farmers) and only have time and energy to do a little complaining but law-makers are very hard of hearing. Sorry.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-07-2002 at 14:38:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mudcat if you are near a good road, sell on the side of the road. A bit more work but cut the other people out. Grow less sell better.
Later Bob

steve II JD4000    Posted 10-07-2002 at 14:24:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear you out loud!! farmers should start selling the crop they grow from the TRUCK to the CITY! I have see the price from garden grow market and see price in the stores way high!

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