Blogging New York magazine: The Farmer as Cult Hero

Blogging New York magazine: The Farmer as Cult Hero

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 14, 2008

As much as we love our farmer's market, as much as we admire all the farmers that bring their crops there and talk with such knowledge and passion about things like kale and raw milk, we still don't know any of their names.

That's why we were really intrigued by a recent article in New York magazine.

"The Farmer as a Cult Hero" is really a profile of one farmer, Amy Hepworth, and the devoted following she's attracted in Park Slope. Not only do people want to buy her produce, they want to work on her farm .. they want to pay her for the opportunity to work on her farm.

What's the fuss all about? Well Amy does sound like a pretty interesting woman: She eats things called "coddling moths" (yes, bugs), and she's a bit controversial, eschewing regulated organic growing practices for what she considers a more pragmatic approach. From the article: In her view, it's sometimes better to use a small amount of something synthetic than a huge amount of something natural.

Read the whole article on Amy
-- we did, and suddenly we want to meet her too. But that raises a question: Is celebrity a good thing for the local food movement and for local farmers?

Do you have a farmer at your local market that has a following like Amy's?

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