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Why Buy Local?

May 21, 2009

locavoreI found this cool website and wanted to share it with everyone. The site is LocalHarvest.org, and it lets you find farms, CSAs, farmer’s markets, co-ops, u-picks, grocery stores and restaurants that offer locally grown food.  They also have some cool stuff in their online store that you may not be able to find in your area.

So why buy local?

1. Fresher – it tastes better and is better for you.

2. Supports your local economy – and keeps small farms in business

3. Good for the environment – trucks didn’t have to drive across the country to get it to you.  especially good if it was farmed using sustainable methods.

Here’s an exerpt from LocalHarvest about buying local:

“Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places.”

You may have heard the term “locavore” – are you one of them?

Locavore: “…coined by Jessica Prentice from the San Francisco Bay Area for World Environment Day 2005 to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius. With such excitement and momentum building in the local food movement, the New Oxford American Dictionary chose locavore as its word of the year in 2007. ” (From sustainabletable.org)

I am definitely going to try to buy more food grown in my area.  I already look for the Fresh from Florida logo in the produce section in supermarkets to find things that were grown in my state, but I can definitely take it further by visiting the Tallahassee farmer’s markets more often.

So, are you a locavore? Where’s your favorite place to buy local foods?

photo from flickr

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