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local food
food and identity
farmers' markets
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University of Alberta
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Hammer, Brent A.
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Vallianatos, Helen (Anthropology)
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Fletcher, Christopher (Anthropology)
Nykiforuk, Candace (Center for Health Promotion Studies)
Department of Anthropology

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The author employs a life story interview approach to examine how one farmer, participating in a local food system, constructs an identity as a food producer that reflects their practices, beliefs, and values. Farmers' markets have grown significantly in the past twenty years. Interest in these local food systems has shifted from the original counter-culture, back to the earth movement of the 1960's-80's to focus on issues of safe, healthy, and tasty food produced using natural methods that emphasize economic and environmental sustainability. Embedded in these issues are the social relationships that shape peoples identities. One person's particular story contributes to the understanding of the motivations and meanings involved in the various roles of individuals participating in farmers' markets. Findings from this study support the argument that people, including the food producer, and the production process are vital components that create a taste experience within a local food system.
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