Greetings from cozy 71 degree Minnesota. I can’t believe it’s nearly October, and we are still getting temps in the 70’s.
You know how “they” say it’s a small world? Well, the world of agriculture is no exception. Many farmers know and interact with each other through organizations, educational events and happenings like county fairs and open-houses. Maybe we should call it an “open-farm” when people hold summer tours, breakfasts, etc at their farm? [ponder this]
Basically, we’re a tight-knit industry, and great projects happen when team work happens. Farmers Feed Us is such a project. It allows anyone to virtually tour farms from the comfort of their computer. Minnesota launched our very own set of farm tours here in August. I even happen to know a few of the MN farmers (remember I said it was a small world)?
For each tour you take, if you’re a MN resident, you can register for free groceries for a year – a $5,000 value at the grocery store of your choice! I would say that’s a prize anybody could eat right up ;-)I believe there’s about 10 states involved so far; just check the website to see if yours is listed. If you’re from WI, SD, MN, or MO – then you’ve currently got a Farmers Feed Us promotion going on. You’d better get yourself to the website, learn more about your state’s farmers, and register lickety-split!
Even if you aren’t from one of these, you can still meet some wonderful farm families and see agriculture in action by watching the tour videos. Click now. I promise it will open in a separate window! Farmers Feed Us Website
Now, we’ve come to the point in the post where I usually talk about running. I haven’t been doing so swell lately, to be quite honest. I’m at about 10 miles for the week, and I’m enjoying the fall weather. I feel fine and all, but maybe I’m just in a funk because at my parent’s last weekend I didn’t do a long run at all. I didn’t even make it up by doing a semi-long run early this week, which is my normal fix.
I’m also not training for a longer race, no half marathon or 10 mile planned this fall. I do want to run a decent 5K sometime before the snow flies, but I don’t have one picked out yet or have a focused goal time. I’m just trying to keep myself around 20 miles per week so I can maybe train for something fabulous this spring. Why is it that when I have a focused training plan, I lament its structure and I don’t follow it? When I don’t have a specific training focus, then I feel like I’m floundering and need structure? Do you ever have this problem?? Pushing all that aside, running is grand in the fall. Today was a rest day, so I think tomorrow should be just that much better.
Because I am a total weirdo sometimes, I’m closing with a random photo. I was driving down a small street, and I literally stopped in the middle of the road to take this on my phone. Why, you ask? The tree was just beckoning to me. The photo doesn’t do justice, but I think I unnerved some drivers so I don’t want it to be for nothing.
Have you heard of the Farmers Feed Us website before? Is the program in your state?