LIFE after 50 - Current Issue - July 2014 Vol. 24 No. 7

Farmer’s markets burgeon in Southern Colorado

Written by Jeanne Davant

0714_01_FarmersMarketFor many of us, the focus of food foraging in the summertime switches from the supermarket to the farmer’s market.

We’re fortunate in Southern Colorado to be surrounded by farmers who lovingly tend the crops they’re harvesting and offering for our nutritional pleasure.

Farmer’s markets have grown increasingly popular in the past five years as the local food movement has flourished. Most markets offer arts and crafts as well as food and some strive to create a neighborhood street fair atmosphere with live music and other entertainment.

Farmer’s markets’ roots grow deep. They are a throwback to the days of our ancestors, when most people grew food for their families. In seasons of abundance, they’d bring the excess to the town square to trade with others. One can imagine that these markets grew into occasions when farm families could socialize as well as share.

Modern farmer’s markets date back at least to the 1970s. One of the first opened in the appropriately named town of Gardena, Calif., in 1979. At that time, California law did not allow farmers to sell their produce except to commercial markets.

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Seniors report expenses are rising 6 times faster than benefits

Monthly household expenses of seniors increased up to six times faster than their Social Security benefits between January 2013 and January 2014, according to a new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL).

Sixty-five percent of respondents said the 2014 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) raised their monthly benefits by less than $19. Yet a significantly larger portion of survey respondents – 92 percent – said their total monthly expenses rose by at least $39.10 per month over the same period.

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