There are so many good reasons to buy food that’s grown and produced close to your home, and we’re not just saying that because you live close to our farm!
Local food tends to be fresher. It doesn’t spend hours or days on a fossil-fueled truck that’s hauling it from one coast to another; it might just have been raised on a farm down the road. Most local farms and food producers are small, family-owned operations who tend their land with limited use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, so there are fewer of these compounds on your food and in the soil and watershed.
These smaller farms are also able to raise a greater variety of produce and animals because they’re not filling huge grocery store orders, so you’re more likely to find more interesting kinds of flavorful farm products, which also tend to be more nutrient dense than mass-produced apples and pork chops (for instance).
Buying local also keeps your dollars in your town and your neighbors in business. Everyone loves to drive past sprawling pastures dotted with cows and a big red barn, but those farms are only able to survive – and not be sold into subdivisions – if people buy the products produced on those farms.
For more insights on this topic, here are some additional resources:
Sustainable Connections: Why Buy Locally Owned?
Buffalo First: Why Local?
Local Harvest: Why Buy Local?
The University of Vermont Extension: Ten Reasons to Buy Local Food