BOISE -- With so many farmer's markets cropping up around the Treasure Valley, do you really know where your food comes from?
That's a question volunteer Garret Golberg, who works with the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture, is attempting to answer.
Goldberg says his group has launched a new 'Miles to Market' program to help folks understand just that question. New for this month, the group set up a booth at the Capital City Public Market dispalying profiles of local vendors, as well as showcasing participating farms by posting signs showing their location.
There's a big movement towards local sustainable agriculture, but often times people don't know what that means, so we're just trying to bring visibility to the local farms and education to the consumers about where their food comes from, said Goldberg
Goldberg also says it's important to promote sustainable farming, which is where fresh food is produced without harming the enivonment, and comes from local communities.
Grower Reggie States owns Reggie's Veggies, a local farmer's market near Ustick and Milwaukee.
Well, we're a small business and anytime you shop at any small business, the money gets spread out a lot faster. There's no big, corporate office in some other state that it gets sent to, said States.
Leland Rice, owner of Rice Family farms views the Miles to Market program as a good start to get people back in touch with one of the biggest and most local industries in Idaho... agriculture.
The significance of growing locally and sustainably -- they're both sort of intertwined, Rice said. For one thing, they get us back closer to our roots because you have more contact and more presence with the farmer that's growing the crop.
Right now, the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture says it's working to expand its Miles to Market program to other farmers' markets in the Treasure Valley later this year.