Freshness, Taste, and HealthLocally grown produce is usually harvested within 48 hours of being purchased. Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness tastes better and retains more nutrients.
VarietyLocal farmers are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping and shelf life. Often they raise wonderful and unusual varieties you will never find on supermarket shelves.
Community Food SecurityLocal food production gives you control of your food dollar by keeping food supply in the hands of your neighbors and allowing you to influence how your food is grown. Dependence on far away food sources leaves a region vulnerable to supply disruptions and tends to promote larger, but fewer and less diversified farms that may hurt both the environment and local economies.
Personal ConnectionsKnowing the farmer who grows your food means food is no longer anonymous. It has a story. You know the family that works to raise it, and the land where it grows.
Preserve our Rural LandscapeBuying from local farms helps keep land in agriculture and ensures that future generations will enjoy seeing green rolling fields, barns and livestock as they travel through our area.
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