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National Farmer's Day

What Is National Farmer’s Day?

This is a day to honor and thank all of the hardworking farmers and ranchers who plow, sow, grow, and harvest to feed our nation. We especially rely on farmers to get fresh food on our tables during these uncertain times. Let’s pay tribute to the men, women, and families who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day. 


Farming and Harvest Traditions

October 12 is a fitting day for National Farmer’s Day since it’s near the end of harvesttime. Today and through the years, there have been a variety of festivities and ways to celebrate the harvest—and not all of them are on the 12th.


How to Support Your Local Farmer

Supporting your local farmer is easy! Here are a few ideas:

  • Buy fruits and vegetables from a farmers’ markets. Many small farms sell directly to the consumer through farmers’ markets. You’ll meet the local farmers who grew your food, learn about their farming practices, and buy the freshest produce, eggs, and meat. 
  • Visit pick-your-own farms. They’ll supply everything from berries to vegetables to apples to pumpkins. There are you-pick-flower farms in many towns. 
  • Consider investing in a CSA farm share next year (CSA stands for “community-supported agriculture”). Local farmers will give you a basket of freshly-picked food every week for a true farm-to-table experience. Find a local CSA.
  • Keep your eyes and ears out for local small-town festivals. From persimmon festivals to pawpaw festivals to garlic festivals, you’re supporting farming communities. 
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