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Published on March 25th, 2013 | by Mary Gerush


Local Food: Vow To Be “Good For 20”

Good For 20

It’s farmers market season here in the South. Daffodils are a-bloomin’, trees a-flowerin’, and I’m eager to start hitting the markets for local, seasonal produce and eggs from happy chickens. Sure, it’s easier to hit my corner grocery store. But the food tastes worse, costs more (if not in dollars and cents, in taste and nutrition), and frankly doesn’t have the soul you find in food grown nearby and harvested by your neighbors who package it up for you with fresh dirt still under their fingernails. Many farmers have also had a tough winter — it’s so important that we support them as spring is upon us.

Which is why I decided to take an oath:

I, Mary
Do hereby promise
As long as I need food to survive
To allocate at least $20
Of my weekly grocery spending
To a direct-to-customer source
Such as a farm stand, farmers market, or CSA.

Welcome to a movement named “Good For 20” started by a Morristown, NJ couple. They want to know their well-earned incomes stay local and support their farming community. And they want us to do the same as they aim to “inspire people to reallocate a portion of their food spending to a direct source for fresh local food.”

Looking at their web site, the movement appears to be fairly small. So what do you say we help it grow? Take the oath, share via social media, and let’s make it happen. As posted on their web site: “Small commitments can lead to big change.”

Won’t you join me?

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

2 Responses to Local Food: Vow To Be “Good For 20”

  1. Hi Mary! I will support this movement. This will really help the farmers. Yes, I will take the oath :-D

  2. Mary Gerush says:

    Yea Kelly!!!! Thank you!

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