People throughout the country are rediscovering the benefits of buying local. Food can be fresher and tastier because of when it was picked and how it was grown. Buying local also means you are supporting local economies.
REASONS TO BUY LOCAL:
Helps Local Economies - In most communities today food is purchased entirely at a grocery store or market, with only about 7% of local food dollars staying in the community. The other 93% of the modern food dollar travels to pay processors, packagers, distributors, wholesalers, truckers, and fuel, to name a few that a global food system demands. Buying direct from a farmer sends 90% of those food dollars back to the farm. Increasing farm income means more money can be spent locally by the farmer to run their business and home, helping keep the local economy flourishing.
The Food is Healthier! - Vegetables are harvested closer to their maturity which adds to their flavor and increased nutritional value.
It's Educational - Frequenting local markets allow you to be more aware of food seasons, where foods are grown and how to use and enjoy foods you may have never seen or attempted to experiment with in a traditional supermarket.
Reduces Food Miles (or the distance a food item travels from the farm to your home)- In the U.S., the average grocery store's produce travels nearly 1,500 miles between the farm where it was grown and your refrigerator.
Saves Natural Resources - When food is transported across countries, hauled in freighter ships over oceans, and flown around the world. A tremendous amount of fossil fuel is burned to transport foods such long distances, releasing carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and other pollutants that contribute to global climate change, acid rain, smog and air and sea pollution. The refrigeration required to keep our fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats from spoiling during their long journeys burn up even more fossil fuel.