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    Posted February 26, 2014 by
    Hughesville, Maryland
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Do you eat ethically?

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    Looking to Eat Ethically Homegrown, Local or Fair Trade


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ryn told me, 'I think we do have to be conscious of where our food comes from, how it was fertilized, what if any antibiotics were used, growth hormone's etc. We are very careful, mostly buying local or planting our own. I feel we need to buy locally if at all possible. We really need to support our local farmer's, at least farmer's in the USA. Thirdly we should consider Fair Trade items when at all possible, if we do buy outside the USA or even in the USA.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Growing our own organic vegetables is the highlight of the year for us. We do not have a large garden but always have enough for all we need and to give away. Tomatoes are our favorite, sliced, in a stew, chili, marinara, salads and best of all fried green.
    Wild raspberries take up a lot of the property. While we cut them back in the fall, seems we always have a great harvest every summer. My grandchildren always pick the first colander full. My husband will make a raspberry batter pie, or we eat on cereal or in salads, use in home made ice cream and cheese cake. I intend to make raspberry jam this summer.
    If we do not grow it, the Amish Market is only a few miles away. They are open from early spring until November. All produce is locally grown, beautiful and delicious. You can also find Amish made baked goods, canned veggies and fruits, jam, jellies and local honey. The fresh churned butter is the best .Store bought eggs can not compare to the daily fresh eggs from the Amish hens.
    I love the photo of the fat Momma Hen with all her chicks under her. Looks like she has a lot of chicken feet.
    We do look for fair trade items when we can find them. Andrew's Air Force Base Commissary carries some things and we love to go to Harper's Ferry to find crafts, clothes, jewelry and art, as well as Fair Trade Chocolate.
    We do have to think Ethically today for our health, for our local economy and for the fair treatment of farmer's and craftsmen all over the world.


    Photography Janie Lambert
    2011 to 2013

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