By Laura Ferreiro
It's hard to think of a better way to spend the day than seeing legendary musicians perform, eating delicious food, and supporting a vibrant U.S. agricultural system. Luckily for us, we’ll have the chance to do just that at Farm Aid's Music and Food Festival on September 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Festival organizers Neil Young, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will be joined by Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Amos Lee and Toad the Wet Sprocket (who are gearing up to release their first album in 16 years just four days before the festival).
The festival will also feature activities designed to give concertgoers an understanding of the importance of family farm agriculture, including hands-on exhibits and the chance to meet and talk with local farmers. The selection of food served at the event will showcase local, sustainable, humanely raised family farm ingredients.
Farm Aid started in 1985 as a benefit concert organized by Nelson, Young and Mellencamp, and was reportedly inspired by Bob Dylan's comments at Live Aid earlier that year that he hoped some of the money from the benefit concert would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. Since that time, these famous musicians have banded together nearly every year and recruited their talented friends to perform at dozens of Farm Aid concerts, raising millions of dollars for American family farmers.