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"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter- a time of changes

I met an amazing couple at church yesterday.  They are local farmers, and gave me quite an insight to the farmers' plight. 

Each time the milk truck comes, it takes 45 days until they are paid for what was picked up.  And during that time, the people who set the milk price can determine how much they will pay for that milk. A hundredweight of milk (11.6 gallons) usually costs about $22 to make.  Lately, the farmers have been paid about $11-12 per hundredweight.  And the real kicker is that they can say that milk is worth $22/hw on the day the milk is picked up, but they only get paid by what the milk is worth on the day they get paid.  How much does that suck??!?

And people wonder why the farms are all going under...

The kids and I will be going to visit their farm sometime this week, probably Wednesday.  We will be able to see how they milk their cows, maybe even taste the raw milk  (something I've been curious about lately), and see how the cows are taken care of, and maybe what else they do on their farm, since I'm sure that's not the only thing they do all day long. 

That is the background story for part of our family change I have been talking about.  I don't want my kids to be naive about where their food comes from, and how hard the farmers work to get that food to us.  I wish there was more I could do to help the local farmers, but since its not fresh food season, I can't even buy produce from them. 

I'll have to post more later, because the baby is tired, and its time to go shopping with my awesome Mom.  :)