[Ok-sus] Time for another Cash Mob in support of Oklahoma farmers

Bob Waldrop bwaldrop1952 at att.net
Wed Oct 31 17:35:49 CDT 2012

In September, I put out a call for a cash mob in support of local 
farmers. As a result, the Oklahoma Food Coop had one of its best month's 
this year and reports suggested the farmers markets did better too.

Supporting local food systems is not a once in a while thing.  If we 
want a more sustainable, just, and humane system of agriculture, then 
there must be a market for the products of sustainable, just, and humane 
farming operations. That means that people have to be willing to spend 
some money.

In September, I talked about two or three pounds of hamburger and a bar 
or two of soap, as a good monthly purchase that would total about $20. 
That would work well too in November. You may want to add sweet potatoes 
to the list, as we have some great tasting Oklahoma grown sweet potatoes 
available this month at both the Coop and the farmer's markets that are 
still open. You can find them at some of the stores now selling Oklahoma 
products, like Urban Agrarian and the new Native Roots store in the Deep 

Don't abandon our local farmers in this hour of their need! The drought 
has been pitiless. Livestock producers in particular have been hit with 
horrendous feed bills. Heritage breeds are in danger of the liquidation 
of herds. While we in the cities aren't in a food crisis right now, who 
knows what the future may bring. If the national food distribution 
system breaks down, we'll be dependent upon local farmers --- but if 
we've let all the local producers go bankrupt, they won't be there when 
we might really need them.  The time to build a local food system indeed 
is before a food crisis hits.

Everyone spends plenty of money in ways that do not care for the planet, 
do not care for people, and do not have a care for the future.  So in 
November --- and every month thereafter --- let's all set a goal to 
always spend at least $20 to $30 in the local food economy. Make this a 
cash mob that cares for people, cares for the planet, and has a care for 
the future by ensuring that our local farmers make it through these 
tough times.

And it's not as if I am asking you to buy something low quality. The 
food and non-food items produced here in Oklahoma are superior in taste 
and safety to the standard run of the mill supermarket fare.  Once or 
twice a year, I use money donated by members of the Oklahoma Food Coop 
to buy ground beef from Oklahoma farmers to give to the poor.  Every 
time I do this I am inundated with phone calls from people we delivered 
to --- "Where did you get that ground beef? It was the best hamburger 
we've ever eaten?"

If you're vegan or vegetarian, you have lots of options. Take my advice 
on the sweet potatoes. You certainly won't regret it.

The holiday shopping season is upon us and one good way to put your 
money to work is to give local food and non-food items as gifts.  I 
often send friends and family out of state jars of Oklahoma jams and 
jellies, bags of pecans, and bars of Oklahoma-made artisan soaps.

November is  a great month to establish your local food buying habit. 
Buy through the Oklahoma Food Coop, visit your local farmers' market, 
shop at Urban Agrarian or Native Roots.  Don't take our local farmers 
for granted. Let's stick with them through these hard times.   Y'all bon 
appetit, you hear!

Bob Waldrop, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Food Cooperative http://www.oklahomafood.coop

List of Oklahoma Farmers Markets http://okgrown.com/markets/ 

Urban Agrarian http://www.uaoklahoma.com/

Native Roots <http://nativerootsmarket.com/> http://nativerootsmarket.com/

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