Farm Aid, the 28-year-old fundraising concert and advocacy organization, will hold its annual celebration of music and small farms Saturday, September 21, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Since the first concert in 1985, Farm Aid has raised $43 million to support programs that help small farmers and increase awareness of issues facing family farms.

The Albany Times Union quoted Farm Aid founder, Willie Nelson, as saying, “A lot of people know about farmers today that didn’t know about (them before), and that’s all we’re trying to do — call attention to the problem that farmers need help. More people are asking about where did their breakfast come from. Did it come from 1,500 miles away when a farmer next door could be growing it for them?”

Thanks Willie for putting together such a wonderful tribute for America’s family farms! I’ll be getting my tickets early!

Tickets, priced from $45 to $150, go on sale Friday, June 28, through Ticketmaster and at the SPAC box office.