So, have you heard about ‘jumping on the bandwagon?’ Well, it begins when something good happens and others want to start reaping the benefits. That’s why today it is almost impossible to shop at a grocery chain and not see the words ‘local farms’ in the produce section. Something good was happening so food marketers decided to bring local to big stores. But – and this is a big one — you might be able to buy local produce or maybe even meat and poultry from locally raised animals, but have you ever talked to the farmer when you were shopping at the grocery store? The answer is no, because the store is the middleman and comes between you and the farmer. But – and this is another big one – at a farmers’ market the farmer is IN and you can ask how the crops are grown, how the cattle and the chickens are raised, and you get answers direct from the source – so shake the hand that feeds you and support your local farmers’ markets.