8 Reasons to Support Local Farmers by Buying Local Food


| 11/4/2013 10:19:00 AM


Tags: food, eat, market, farm, farmers, organic, crop, livestock, recipe, community,

Joe KnowsWhen it comes to shopping at the grocery store, you're presented with literally hundreds of options. The best choice, though, would be to buy food that was grown locally. There's many reasons to do so, but health improvement should be at the top of the list. Here's a few reasons why you should support local farmers by buying food locally.

Prevent Suburban Sprawl

Buying local food might not stop suburban sprawl completely, but it can delay it. If a farm is profitable, they're less likely to sell their land. We all want to help Earth, right? Having miles and miles of farmland can only produce more crops for more local consumption. Keeping farms in the community is extremely important, so buying local food today guarantees that farms will be there in the future. This can also play a part in helping to keep various ecosystems in tact. 

Buy with Confidence

When you're buying local food, you know exactly where the food is coming from. You know that there's nothing foreign added to your food, and everything is home grown. You have the option to talk to the person who grew the crop, so if you have any questions about the food, you can ask the person who knows the most. 

It Builds Community

nebraskadave
11/5/2013 6:33:54 AM

Joe, all good points for buying locally. In Nebraska the streets and roads are littered with roadside stands from local farmers during the summer months. Some are organic farmer but most are not. The produce is always good and does taste better than in the store. Farmer's markets are another avenue for local growers to sell their harvest and organic growers are identified by the certification displayed at the sellers booth. ***** To support the local farmers, it's a little more inconvenient than just driving to the store to pickup every thing at once. I must admit that I haven't really supported the local farmers much for that very reason. In today's culture time seems to be at a premium. Every year I vow to go to the farmer's markets more but just don't go. Price is another issue. Not everyone can pay the more expensive prices that local grown produce costs. With budgets tightening every paycheck, the food expensive seems to get cut the most. It's a dilemma for sure. ***** Have a great day at the local market.





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