The New Farmers
I eat locally grown food because it tastes better. Carrots so sweet they're like candy. Potatoes so flavorful that to add salt would be a crime against nature. Plus truly fresh herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme--and cilantro.
Without knowing it, I've become part of a movement with deep local roots. At forty-one years old, Project Grow, which rents garden plots at nineteen city, county, and school properties around town, now has 370 members, more than at any time in its history. And at ninety-four, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market has more vendors than ever, 150, at its Saturday and Wednesday markets.
Even more impressive is the dramatic increase in small farms surrounding the city. Sunseed is growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers on eight acres off Maple Road. Bending Sickle is raising cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, and rabbits on sixteen acres off North Territorial Road. Green Things on Nixon just north of M-14 has thirty acres planted with vegetables, grains, and herbs.