Eat fresh and buy local, we see it printed on boxes, bags, blogs and trucks, it's even on all of our merchandise, but do you know what it really means? There are many reasons why you should buy locally grown produce. It’s good for you, me, our community and the world. Here are the top 5!
Local produce is fresher and tastes better because it is usually picked and sold within 6 to 12 hours. Local fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen because they don’t have to travel long distances. When you buy produce at a grocery store, it may have traveled thousands of miles and been kept in storage for days or weeks.
Reduces Food Miles
Food miles are the number of miles that food has to travel before it ends up on our plates. This can be thousands of miles as the product is shipped from the place where it is grown, to the processing plant, and eventually to it’s destination, before finally being sold and taken home. All of this consumes energy and puts a strain on our environment. Reducing food miles, reduces the carbon footprint. You are promoting better air quality and ultimately reducing pollution.
Local Food Is Seasonal
Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. Not everything is available all year round, meaning what grows is the most abundant, least expensive and at its peak.
Local Food Is Social
Buying local improves our social community. When we buy local foods, we create a more intimate relationship with the people who grow our food because they’re our neighbors. Know your food, know your farmer.
Another real benefit of buying local food and products is that it supports local business. This benefits the community as a whole. Money stays within the community and every dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy.
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