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.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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