The information, that is. There’s so much of it and, with the internet, it’s all at your fingertips.
And today, consumers are itching to access all of that information at their fingertips — especially when it comes to their food.
And when it comes to information, in most cases, the best comes from the people who know the most. In other words, you want to hear it directly from the horse’s mouth.
With that in mind, here’s a list (certainly not a comprehensive one!) of social media and websites that can give you some great information about where your food comes from and the information comes, you guessed it, straight from the horse’s mouth.
- Ask the Farmers – This Facebook page is home to farmers — a lot of them — who are there to answer any and every question you have about your food and how it’s raised. Pose a question, they’ll answer. It’s a good time.
- Peterson Farm Bros – You might be familiar with these guys. They gained some popularity with their first parody video, “I’m Farming and I Grow It.” The brothers, from Kansas, post a lot of great information about livestock and grain farming and do it with a good dose of humor, too. Visit their Facebook page, website and YouTube Channel.
- Mackinson Dairy Farm – This one, I’m kind of partial to. Mostly, because I know gal who runs things (and dishes out the awesome pictures and info), but also because it’s a dairy page, and if you’ve been hanging around here any time at all, you know I love all things dairy. Mary Mackinson does an excellent job of showing what day-to-day life is like on a dairy farm — and the lengths dairy farmers go to care for their animals.
- Illinois Farm Families – I’ve mentioned Illinois Farm Families before, but everything good bears repeating. Information on all kinds of farming and food production from the farmers themselves and from urban moms who have toured Illinois farms. It’s pretty cool. In addition to their Facebook and Twitter pages, you can visit their website.
- Dairy Carrie – Another dairy page, but a darn good one. Like Mackinson Dairy Farm, Carrie posts pictures and information about everyday life on a dairy farm. She’s a straight shooter and pretty darn funny, too. You can visit her blog here.
- Keeping it Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl – Love photography? Then Erin Ehnle is your gal. She mixes farm photography with ag facts and the results are stunning. Plus, she’s got it all – website, Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest.
- Rural Route 2: The Life and Times of an Illinois Farm Girl – Authored by Katie Pratt, this blog tackles everything, from farming to family, and does a good job of tackling agriculture misconceptions. Katie has been a farm girl since, well, forever, and loves talking about the rural lifestyle.
- The Pinke Post – Unlike most folks on my list, I don’t personally know Katie Pinke, but I’ve visited her blog multiple times and one thing always keeps me coming back: she’s super down to earth. Funny tid bits and meaningful posts laced with all things ag always make it a good read.
These are just a few of my favorites. Do you have any? If so, post them in the comments.