It’s hard to believe 2017 is coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday we were toasting the new year with sparkling cider and ice cream. Cheers to you, our fans, who traveled with us, exploring the different ways farm families grow and raise food in our state.
We had some great conversations, like how farmers responsibly use pesticides to protect crops, what farm practices and technologies help preserve the environment and why GMOs are nothing to fear. They can seem like tough topics until you dig in and get the facts from farmers.
Before we kickoff 2018, let’s look back at our top five stories from 2017.
Who knew such big flavor could come from a small South Dakota town? Well, you did. That’s why this two-part series about Dimock Dairy is number five on our list. We started the journey on Marty Neugebauer’s farm to learn how milk becomes cheese and to see how he cares for his cows. Great cheese is about creating a quality product from start to finish.
Eunice McGee started helping her father farm when she was 10 years old. Nearly 90 years later, she still enjoys getting her hands dirty in her iris garden and the soybean field. With eyes on the future and knowledge of the past, she has embraced new farm technology while staying committed to being a good neighbor.
There’s no doubt: Farmers markets are a great place to connect with local farmers and talk to them about food. We talked with Cody Carper about what it’s like to prepare for market and why he’s just as passionate about growing corn and soybean on his large crop farm as he is about selling produce at the farmers market.
It’s not often we come across someone who can drive a combine and play the violin, but Moriah Gross isn’t your typical farmer. The talented musician and executive director of the Pierre Youth Orchestra makes it her mission to help students and their families get in the field to learn how their food is really grown and raised. She proves conversations about farming can and should happen anywhere.
Our number one blog for 2017 was written by Kristen Hicks, a marketing professional at Mount Mary College who farms with her husband, Nate, near Yankton. Turns out, a growing number of millennials are returning to the farm and finding ways to make it work on a smaller scale. It may not be exactly how their parents did it, but sustainability and delivering quality food to South Dakota families are priorities for farmers of all sizes.
Well, did your favorite make the list? If not, let us know which Hungry for Truth story, recipe or tip you enjoyed most in the comments below. Then make your holiday just a little bit cozier by slicing up our number one recipe: Banana Nut Bread from the kitchen of farmer John.