Why buy local food?
- You’ll get exceptional taste and freshness.
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and shelf life.
- You’ll strengthen your local economy.
Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.
- You’ll safeguard your family’s health.
Knowing where your food comes from and where it is grown enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of potentially harmful chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified seed. Buy food from local farmers you trust.
- You’ll support endangered family farms.
There’s never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer.
- You’ll protect the environment.
Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packaging materials.