Knowing where your food comes from connects you to the people who raise and grow it. Instead of having a single relationship - to a big supermarket - you develop smaller connections to more food sources. All of the sudden you know vendors at the farmers market, the buying manager at the local cheese shop, the butcher at your favorite meat counter, the workers at the co-op that sells local eggs, the roaster and barista at the local café. For some people the benefit of this is social and psychological; for all of us, though, it pays off in the foods we eat. People who know you tend to want to help you, whether it’s giving you a deal on a leg of lamb, letting you know when your favorite tomatoes will be on sale, or setting aside a wedge of your favorite cheese.
Here’s our top 4 reasons you should consider swapping over & support local
Seasonal & local foods are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content than out of season unripe fruits and vegetables. They’re not refrigerated for weeks before you buy them or coated in waxes and preservatives to keep them looking good. Freshly picked & naturally ripened food tastes better and is better for you.
Organic foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who really care about protecting our planet. Organic farmers don’t use toxic chemicals, poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified seeds, they provide healthier produce along with protecting our planet and the health of their farm workers & that’s good for everyone.
Eating local foods helps to protect our planet because it reduces the number of miles your food has to travel & be refrigerated before it reaches your plate. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel & electricity used which in turn reduces pollution.
When you buy from local farmers, growers and artisans the money all stays close to home. It works to build your local economy instead of a few selected supermarket chains. Since your food moves through fewer hands, farmers get a better price & so do you. Supporting local means the entire community gets to eat & live well.