A few super cool aspects of Farm Aid in comparison to other concerts:
1. Throughout the day, there is a Homegrown Village which hosts a number of local farmers, organizations involved in the local food movement, and CSAs. Will Allen was there in the Growing Power stand, but we missed seeing him by minutes.
2. The concessions serve local and organic food instead of the usual chemical-laden, mysterious-origin, regular junk. There were veggie hot dogs, local brats, local burgers, and so on. Even the french fries were local and organic. They were serving popped sorghum too!
3. All day long, musicians talk about food issues! Music and like-minded musicians and fans: what could be better?
We were very close, so yes, these are our actual pictures of the day. Here are some of our highlights:
|Willie Nelson and Amos Lee|
|Band of Horses|
|Jason Mraz ~ Andy took this one for his co-worker, who is a HUGE fan (wink).|
|Jeff Tweedy of Wilco|
|Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews|
|A screen shot of John Mellencamp and Dave singing "Homegrown" - Willie Nelson and Neil Young were also a party of the song.|