In America, food supplies are often taken for granted, but empty grocery store shelves are not a concern, thanks to the hard work of farmers and ranchers.
A study conducted by USDA in 2017 indicates that we are spending $3.67 of every $10 food at food service establishments, and only $0.78 goes to the local farm producer.
Local foods recipes are not always about food. This particular recipe will make a healthy serving of happiness.
Anyone going outside in January and February in North Dakota knows the value of a row of dense shrubs. Windbreaks and shelterbelts reduce the amount of wind, hold snow for moisture in the land, provide protection for livestock and wild animals, and offer a food source for birds; and if the right shrubs are planted, they can be a great value-added food source for humans, too.
When consumers buy from the rancher, they typically get high quality, safe food. The rancher, in turn, is able to invest in the local community.
Cucumbers are showing up in local farmers markets and roadside stands and local producers are happy to sell them with the rest of their vegetables they offer. And while often thought of as a vegetable, cucumbers are actually a fruit. And as with all fruits and vegetables, cucumbers are very healthy.