If you're like us and grow your own produce, you probably just finished your harvest and have put away or canned everything from the season. But if not, when did you last stop at a local curb or farmers' market to buy fresh produce?

There are fewer options to buy locally than when I was growing up. Yet farmers continue to toil and put their blood, sweat, and tears into their farms to provide safer and healthier options for us as Americans. This makes supporting the farmers vitally important.

In a recent 1819 News article, John Hannah, a former NFL Hall of Fame football player who is now a cattle farmer, talked about the issues he's dealing with and the lack of income that comes from being a cattle farmer. The hold the government has on farms like Hannah’s must stop.

Farming goes back many generations, but it's apparent that the government is trying to do everything it can to nickel-and-dime farmers to death through increased restrictions to ensure that they are unable to continue the work they know and love.

Why would they want to do that? Why would the government want control of these farms?

Well, they already influence our lives where they can by controlling what we see on TV, the internet, and our phones. They also seem to control what goes into our food.

Some may say I’m putting on my tinfoil hat, but that's okay. You are welcome to your opinion. But it doesn’t take much to see that the government is deeply vested in controlling us and would do anything to get more.

Local farmers provide food for their families and other consumers. The frustrations they feel over the constant price increases in the supplies they must have to continue running their farms are warranted. Yet people continue to ignore this problem. It is about time that we stand up and put a stop to this.

We often wonder why there are so many health issues in society today. Perhaps it isn't a coincidence given what we are putting in our bodies courtesy of the government.

I began realizing this a year or so ago when my family sold everything and moved out to our homestead. We're already beginning to see a difference in that short time frame. I rarely go to the grocery store now because the grocery store doesn’t provide local fruits and vegetables that are raised pesticide-free – no poisoning, no weird fertilizers. Instead, the grocery store provides food that comes from the most prominent manufacturer who had the lowest bid to get their stuff in the store. People will do anything these days to make extra money at the expense of your health – mentally and physically.

Alabama, we must do better. We must fight for the farmers. Stop and buy your fruits and vegetables from a local produce stand the next time you see one. When you know someone who raises cattle or poultry, buy from them, and we can make a difference.

It may not happen overnight, but if it happens consistently, we can change things. We have our voices, and we need to use them. Just because we believe one person will not make a difference doesn't mean we shouldn't do something. Your one action could start a domino effect. There's no time like the present. Our world is going to you-know-what in a handbasket. Take it back.

We're smarter than this. We've just lost our backbone and will to fight, but it’s time to regain them.

I have children and grandchildren that are growing up. What are we going to leave them? What are we showing them? Pardon me, but if the leftists and the liberals with social agendas can make such a loud racket, so can we. Fight back, Alabama!

Ashley Carter is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in Elmore County, where she and her husband run Farm to Table Living and Carter Farms. Ashley serves as Controller and Executive Assistant at 1819 News. She is currently working on an inspirational book of short stories. To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email ashley.carter@1819news.com.

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