A Farmer’s Income
May 15, 2012
For most Americans, income is a simple exchange of labor for money. Go to work 40 hours a week, perform specified tasks, collect a paycheck.
For farmers, especially market farmers, earning an income is far more complex, without any guarantees their labor will produce an income. Before an income can even be anticipated, a large outlay of cash is necessary. Land rent or purchase, equipment to till the soil and plant the seed, the seeds themselves, are upfront costs incurred months, and often years, before a crop is ready to harvest.
Below, Pam assists shoppers at the May 19, 2012, Mill City Farmers Market: