Why Eat Local?

Check out these top 10 reasons to eat local!

  1. Eating local means more for the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy because it goes directly to the farmer.
  2. Locally grown produce is fresher. Produce at your local farmer’s market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase whereas produce from the supermarket has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks.
  3. Local food tastes better. Because the produce from local farmers’ markets is usually picked within 24 hours of purchase, the food is at its peak ripeness and therefore tastes better and has a higher nutritional value.
  4. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Local produce endures less shipping and handling and is picked at its peak ripeness right before selling.
  5. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic. The miles that some organic produce travels to our plate creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefits of buying organic.
  6. Buying local keeps us in touch with the seasons. Eating with the seasons allows us to eat foods when they are at their peak taste, most abundant, and least expensive.
  7. Buying locally grown food makes a wonderful story. Whether it’s the farmer who brings apples to the market or the baker who makes bread, knowing part of the story about your food is a powerful part of enjoying a meal.
  8. Eating local protects us from bioterrorism. Food with less distance to travel from field to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination.
  9. Local food translates to more variety. Buying locally is your chance to try new foods such as Little Gem lettuce, Senshu apples, or Chieftan potatoes that may not be available at your supermarket.
  10. Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. Buying local gives families with local farms and pastures and economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.

Information from eatlocalchallenge.com

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