|Reasons to Buy Local
Locally grown food tastes better and Is better for you.
Food grown and sold locally is crisp, sweet, and loaded with flavor
because it is picked less than 2 days before it reaches your hands.
Produce flown or trucked in from California or Chile spends a week or
longer in transition from field to plate, enough time for sugars to turn
to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce to lose vitality.
Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest, retains Its nutrients.
Local food preserves genetic diversity. Local farms tend to grow a large variety of plants instead of only a limited number of varieties that can withstand the harvest and marketing process. This variety provides a harvest all season tong, an array of brilliant colors and flavors, as well as preserves the genetic material from hundreds of years of human selection.
Local food is GMO-free. Since biotechnology companies currently only license to large factory-style farms, local farmers' do not have access to genetically modified seed, and most of them wouldn't sell It.
Local food preserves open space. As the value of direct marketed fruits and vegetables increases, setting farmland for development becomes less likely. Lush fields of crops, meadows of wildflowers, and wild open landscapes will survive only as tong as farms are financially viable. When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
Local food builds community. When you buy direct from the
farmer, you are re-establishing a time-honored connection between
the eater and the grower. Knowing the farmers gives you insight
into the seasons, the weather, and the miracle of raising food.
Relationships built on understanding and trust can thrive.
Supporting local farms means that farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing work they love.
Local food is about the future.
By supporting local farmers' today, you are helping ensure that future generations will have access to nourishing farm fresh food.