- It supports your local community. When you buy locally, the money you spend stays local, supporting your local economy versus another state or countries. It also helps eliminate the middle men and allows more of the money to go back to the local farmers and growers.
- You get first-hand knowledge about the food you are buying. When you go to a Farmer’s Market, you can have the opportunity to talk to the actual producers and growers about their food. What practices they use to raise and harvest their crops, and any other questions you might want to know before buying.
- It promotes food safety. When you buy locally, there is less chance for contamination due to the shorter time and distance the food takes to get from the farm to your home.
- Locally grown foods are fresher and more flavorful. When you buy food at a Farmer’s Market, you are buying food that has been recently picked and harvested. This means that the food is fresh, ripe, full of flavor, and ready to eat. Eating foods that have been picked at their peak taste so much better than foods that were harvested earlier in order to be packed and shipped to your local grocery store.
- Locally grown food is more nutrient rich. Fruits and vegetables begin to lose their nutritious value as soon as they are picked. Vitamins, such as C, A, E, and some B vitamins begin to deteriorate and decrease in value soon after being harvested. So if you can buy produce that was recently harvested, you are able to eat food that is richer in nutrients then those that had been picked weeks earlier and had been shipped over miles.
So get outside and go buy and eat locally! The economy, environment, and your health will thank you!