What does it truly mean to support local farmers? Meet the Edenbos. They grow chemical-free vegetables on a plot of land halfway between Mount Holly Springs and Boiling Springs. The are graduates of Dickinson College. They have a CSA and sell at the Carlisle Central Farmers Market. With the explosive growth of farmers markets and the push to 'buy locally', eaters need to go a step further and ASK where and how their foods are produced.
Notice the watermelon on the right. How many farmers in Cumberland County have ripe watermelon? How many miles did that watermelon have to travel? Was it grown without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides? Who picked it? Where they paid a living wage? Was it even grown in this country? If you are dedicated to supporting local agriculture, you should be asking these questions and using some common sense about what is in season or is capable of being grown in the northeast region.