How our food is grown, processed, and packaged really does make a difference. Food choices impact health your health and overall well-being. The environmental impact and supporting local farms are also critical to our communities.
Buying locally grown food is good for YOU.
Food tastes better and is more nutritious when it’s fresh. Obesity and diet related illnesses are on the rise in the United States. By simply replacing heavily processed foods with whole fresh produce will greatly improve your health.
Buying locally grown food is good for our COMMUNITY.
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 grown food is good for our FARMERS.
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 grown food is good for our ENVIRONMENT.
Most of the food we eat travels an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to our table. By reducing the travel distance our food takes, we save energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions that likely contribute to global warming. By buying whole local foods, we also reduce packaging, further saving energy and resources. And conservation farming practices protect the quality of our water and soil, while preserving green space for healthy native habitats.