On September 13, a few friends and I drove almost 3 hours to Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend the 29th annual Farm Aid Music Festival.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews always headline this event to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one main mission: keeping family farmers on their land and ensuring their success. Every year, the Farm Aid Music Festival is in a different city to support local farmers in each area, and luckily, we got to attend this year. The lineup also included Jack White, Tim Reynolds (with our favorite guy Dave Matthews), Jamey Johnson, Gary Clark Jr., Delta Rae, and many others.
All concessions at the concerts were local, homegrown food from farmers that you can meet and greet. The farmers teach you all about how they farm, how they are enriching our soil, and how locally grown food can help up keep our good health.
Come on, who wouldn’t want to buy fresh local produce from people we can trust? Sometimes the grocery store just isn’t cutting it, as foods are shipped from all over the world to our doorstep. Supporting our local farmers is the way to go while listening to great music along the way.
At the venue were a few different tents; one filled with the local food stands that you could choose from and another with farming activities to learn from. The food tent had so many different types of food, but I chose a kick-ass chicken kabob with homemade tabouli and pita and I have to admit, it was probably the greatest thing I’ve ever had. The activity tent had different activities going on throughout the day, like making your own flower crowns from fresh flowers or learning how to plant seeds in soil and taking care of them.
As I said earlier, Farm Aid comes to a different city every year, so make sure you check it out if it’s ever near you!