RHINELANDER - You might support a local grocery store by shopping right in your town.
But look at a few labels and you realize, that the oranges come from Mexico, the bananas come from Chile, and the fish from as far away as China.
But it is possible to support local farmers.
A farm in the Northwoods provides fresh and local food for hundreds of families.
EverGood Farm is nestled on 10 acres of land in Rhinelander.
"We grow actually 50 different types of crops, and probably about 200 different types of varieties," said owner Brendand Tuckey.
Brendan and Jenny Tuckey have combined 14 years of agriculture experience.
"We enjoy it very much, it's just that we couldn't do anything else you know? It's hard work, but it's really rewarding," said Tuckey.
Their hard work can be found all summer long at area farmer's markets.
But they're also part of a program called CSA.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and EverGood Farm serves 110 families every week with over 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables
Food from EverGood goes directly from the farm to the consumer, and Tuckey feels that makes a difference.
"They want to trust their farmer, and they want to know where it comes from. So we're not certified, but our customers don't mind because they know us so well and they know where their food comes from," said Tuckey.
EverGood likes being connected to the Northwoods too, because people come back happy they know what they're eating.
"Yeah we do get really passionate about it, and it's great seeing families come every week and they love the food and we share recipes and they say what happened and their kids have never eaten this before and they love it and it's just great and just a really awesome way to sell," said Tuckey.
Evergood Farm is not taking any more customers for the CSA program.
But they can be found every week at farmer's markets in Eagle River, Minocqua and Rhinelander.
MADISON (AP) - \Wisconsin dairy farmers have broken their streak of year-over-year production increases.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Wisconsin farmers produced about 2.5 billion pounds of milk last month, down 0.6 percent from 2017.
Bob Cropp is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the slowdown in production is good for milk prices. Prices have been low for three straight years because of an abundance of milk on the market.
The USDA report says there were 5,000 fewer cows in the state compared to last year.
Darin Von Ruden is president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. He says farms that remained open faced cold and snowy conditions this spring.
Cropp says some experts believe milk prices may reach $17 per 100 pounds by November.
BEAVER DAM (AP) - Wisconsin Democratic voters are getting nervous over their large field of candidates running for governor.
The primary isn't until Aug. 14. No one has emerged as the clear front-runner ahead of next weekend's state convention. And no one is showing signs of dropping out.
Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Scott Walker is stockpiling resources and is in the middle of a $1.4 million TV ad campaign where he's run three ads unopposed touting his record.
Democrat Denise Hutchison, of Green Bay, says she hopes the field will narrow. She's optimistic that may happen after this weekend's state Democratic Party convention. But she also thinks whoever wins the primary will get the full support of Democratic voters.
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