What is a food desert? Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers in these areas. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The USDA's Economic Research Service estimates that 23.5 million people in America live in food deserts. More than half of those people (13.5 million) are low-income. A one-mile marker may not be appropriate to use in rural areas where the population is more sparsely distributed and where vehicle ownership is high. To further refine the number of people who may be affected by food deserts, a 10-mile marker is used to consider food access in rural areas. Currently 2.3 million people live in low-income rural areas that are more than 10 miles from a supermarket.
When we at Adam’s Farm made the move from the city to the country, we had a first-hand experience of living in a food desert. We realized that we could assist in our community with this food desert situation, and we started a business of raising chickens and selling eggs and other products to the people of our community. Over the past few years, we have established a base of customers and have built a reputation of having “some of the best tasting” eggs in the area. We have reached the point where we have such high demand for our eggs that we are not able to meet all the demand for our quality product.
Because of our desire to assist others, we decided that we wanted to help our community and those who for some reason are economically challenged with putting food on their table. Our eggs are produced locally and are cage free, hormone free, non-antibiotic, farm fresh eggs. We are providing first quality, nutritious eggs to people of our community who need some assistance with their food needs.