Go Local at Old Line FARM Fest

Go Local at Old Line FARM Fest

A group of residents in Frederick County, Md., are working together to bring local families healthier options when it comes to the food they eat.
MYERSVILLE, Md. - One local farm is opening its fields to the public this weekend in an effort to reconnect the community with farming and the local resources farmers make available.

“It's so important we recognize the local resources we have. They employ people in our county, they bring money to our county, they are healthier for you and don't have the preservatives of things we’re getting from other countries,” said Sando Weis, an organizer of the Old Line FARM Fest.

According to the United State Agriculture Department, as of 2012 the U.S. was importing nearly $26m worth of animal foods, and nearly $69m worth of plant foods. Those numbers have increased by nearly 100 percent since 1999.

“It's still such a problem now, and it's on the rise and we need to reconnect with where we can grow our food, and how we can get a better food source,” said William Spencer. 

That’s why the group is organizing the Old Line FARM Fest to benefit the Hawkwood Mountain Farm in Myersville, and other local farmers attending.

“You go to the grocery store, and it says fruits and vegetables, but there’s so many GMO’s [genetically modified organisms] out there now, that you’re not able to tell what’s organic, and what’s been grown in a different environment and what’s been manipulated to produce more, and that’s not the idea of a food or crop,” said Spencer.

Organizers says there will be a petting zoo, local artists, vendors and farmers will be there encouraging the community to support the local economy, and make healthier choices. A 5K run is scheduled for Saturday and more than a dozen local musicians are set to take the stage at through Saturday evening. The fest runs Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information head to www.oldlinefarmfest.com

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