February Ag Newsletter
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Waller County Master Gardener Tree Sale
Greetings to all of our Waller County tree growers! We are taking orders for Fruit and Nut Trees, sponsored by the Waller County Master Gardeners and going on through December 4. This is a "presale" so that you can reserve fruit and nut trees that are best for Waller County conditions. We have researched out the best varieties for our area, and feel that we have some special fruit trees being offered.
Click here to download the price sheet and list of available trees.
More information can be found on our website at http://txmg.org/wallermg/. Follow the Tree Sale tab on the top menu, and research the tree you might be interested. Fill out the order form and send in a check to the Extension Office at 846 6th Street in Hempstead, TX 77445, or come by the office to order.
Pickup of the trees will be on January 30, 2016 at the Tegeler Used Cars, 850 Business 290 North, Hempstead.
This is a fund raiser event for our community, and we would appreciate your support!
Thank you! Waller County Master Gardeners
Fall Gardening Seminar
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USDA is Making it Easier for Farmers to Sell Directly to Consumers
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FEATURE – Farmers Markets More Popular Than Ever
INTRO: U-S-D-A is making it easier for farmers to sell directly to consumers. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:38)
FARMERS MARKETS ARE PLACES FOR FOOD, FUN AND GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL FARMERS. THAT WAS CERTAINLY THE CASE AT A RECENT U-S-D-A FARMERS MARKET IN WASHINGTON.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: So what’s not to like about farmers markets? They bring people together in the community. It’s a meeting place. People can know where their food’s coming from. They can talk to farmers. They can buy beautiful produce.
AND U-S-D-A’S AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, OR A-M-S, IS MAKING IT EASIER TO PROMOTE AND FIND FARMERS MARKETS.
Anne Alonzo, Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We have a directory that currently lists eight thousand two hundred and sixty eight farmers markets and that’s a considerable increase since two thousand and eight. Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity and attention.
THE SEARCHABLE DIRECTORY HELPS PEOPLE FIND FARMERS MARKETS NEAR THEM. IT GETS MORE THAN 2 MILLION VISITS EACH YEAR. IN ADDITION, A-M-S IS DEVELOPING THREE NEW DIRECTORIES THAT WILL LIST FARM TO CONSUMER DELIVERY SERVICES—ALSO KNOWN AS COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, ON-FARM MARKETS AND FOOD HUBS.
Arthur Neal, Deputy Administrator, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: We’re targeting these particular agricultural businesses because they’re critical links to strengthening the local and regional food system. We want to connect more consumers and businesses to local and regional agriculturally produced products and farm products. Visit that website…w-w-w dot u-s-d-a local food directories dot com. We want to see your business listed there.
Why Shop Local?
Do you buy your fruits and vegetables at the big chain stores? Most people do because it is convenient and easy. But how fresh are those veggies and fruits you are buying? Do you really know? And where did they come from? Probably not from a farm down the road from where you live.
Buying from a local farmers market not only helps local farmers, but it means you get the freshest vegetables and fruits. Most times the items you buy at a farmers market are picked that day, or maybe a day or two before. You can't get any fresher than that! Well - maybe if you grow your own veggies you can.
Fresh picked vegetables and fruit taste better! They last longer! And they don't have any harmful chemicals sprayed on them.
Visiting a farmers market is a great opportunity to educate your children on harvesting vegetables. They can see the people that plant and grow different varieties of vegetables and they can be a part of picking out which veggies you buy. Maybe it will even get them to eat their veggies at dinner! Well....maybe!
Some farmers markets have fresh eggs, goats milk and products made from goats milk, grass fed beef, and many other items. Take my word - nothing beats farm fresh eggs!
Most farmers market operate on the weekend only and only for a short period of time. Some are only open once a month, while others are open every Saturday. With our beautiful Texas weather a visit to the farmers market will be a fun and rewarding trip! Plan a trip with your kids soon!
We are now shipping Aggie Honey!
The honey comes in a 16 oz. plastic bottle.
Rosenthal Meat Science & Technology Center
2471 TAMU, Room 104
College Station, TX 77843-2471
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