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Small Farms Adventure Tour Connects Locals and Farmers

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Buying fresh produce close to home is a convenience many of us enjoy. However, do we have an appreciation for how far the farmers travel to bring the food to us?

The Small Farms Adventure is a day trip helps bring together the consumers and the growers. 

"We try to connect our locals to our farmers here because we believe that our transportation system is fragile and our food supply is fragile," says Ronnie Barnes with Waterfront Markets. "So we really need to get connected to our local farmers."

Wednesday's tour started off at the Sweatmore Ranch to pick the first strawberries of the season. The next stop, the Garden of Eaten, a family farm that grows everything from garlic to potatoes and makes spices and jams.

"This is our closest one and this is 35 miles out. We have farmers that come from as far away as three hours, so it's really important that we make these visits," says Barnes.

Those on the tour, like Tammy Hayes, are learning more about the area's farmers and enjoy supporting them.

"We've just loved coming to see the local farmers," says Hayes, one of the tour participants. "I'm excited about supporting them because I want them to grow. I want them to keep on providing at the farmers market. I love to get fresh produce."

The last farm to visit, Three Oaks Winery and Vineyard in Vernon. Participants enjoyed a tour and taste of the different variety of whites and reds.

This program is sponsored by Waterfront Markets and will take place again in June.