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B U Y I N G SL O C A L

While buying organic food is a healthy choice for you, buying from smaller, local farms is equally important for many reasons.

Local food travels a much shorter distance from the farm to your table. Because local food is fresher, you get more flavorful food that hasn't been nutrient depleted by age. Buying local supports our local economy and preserves local agricultural land.

Know Where Your Food Comes From & How It's Produced

Ask your grocer about who supplies the food, where it is grown and how it's raised. Get educated on food production techniques. Don't just look for organically certified food, because some is not grown in the United States or certified. Also, food that is not marked organic could actually be uncertified organic, because it can be expensive for small farms to become certified organic. If you don't see the quality of food you want, ask your grocer to stock organic, locally grown foods. Your requests and money speak to businesses and farms.

Local Harvest is a national website with links to family farms, farmers markets and other sources of sustainably grown food. It includes many of the food sources in your area and maps the location of these food sources.

Shop at a Farmer's Market

Going to a farmer's market is an opportunity to get food savvy quickly, because you can chat with the people who grow your food. You can also get some fresh, local produce in the process.

Subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm

Anyone can join a CSA. Subscribers to CSAs pay upfront for a share of the produce harvested from that farm. Paying into a CSA does partially expose subscribers to the financial risks inherent in farming, but also rewards them with fresh, seasonally-harvested produce, which is usually distributed on a weekly basis. In addition to getting fresh produce, subscribing to a CSA invests in the local economy and maximizes the farmer's profits. The relationship between local farmers and customer also fosters responsible land use and food production.

Click here to find a local CSA in your area.

 
 

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