Why Buy Local
Why Eat Locally and Sustainably Grown Food?
Because What We Eat Matters. How our food is grown, processed, and packaged really does matter. Our food choices influence our health, the quality of our environment, jobs in our community, and the culture and diversity of our society.
Buying locally & sustainably grown food is good for YOU.
Food tastes better and is more nutritious when it's fresh. Foods grown using organic farming practices come to your table with no harmful pesticides. And in these times, when obesity and diet related illnesses are on the rise, replacing heavily processed foods with whole fresh produce will improve your health.
Buying locally & sustainably grown food is good for our COMMUNITY.
Keeping our local farmers and producers in business supports our local economy. Dollars spent close to home tend to stay close to home. Our local producers understand our community and work to provide nutritious affordable food for all our citizens. The more we feel connected to the people who produce what we eat, the better we preserve our regional food heritage. Rural and urban-- we're all connected.
Buying locally & sustainably food is good for FARMERS
The current national food system is dominated by very few large corporations which are forcing farmers to accept lower prices, grow only "travel-tolerant" varieties, grow bigger, use more chemical inputs, or leave the farm altogether. When farmers sell directly to their neighbors, fewer middlemen cut into their profits. Farmers can afford to stay on their land producing an abundance and variety of food while being good stewards of the land.
Buying locally & sustainably food is good for the ENVIRONMENT.
Local farmers who use sustainable farming practices have made a commitment to preserving the quality of our air, water and soil. When we choose food from these farms we’re helping ensure that healthy, beautiful farmland, in harmony with nature, is the essence of our countryside for generations to come.
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