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Why buy local? We've all heard that we should buy local, but what makes it the right choice?

Better taste! By buying local, you are receiving the freshest possible produce. Produce that travels long distances is older and less fresh.

More nutritious! Once harvested, produce begins to lose its nutrients. Since local produce is sold right after it's picked, it retains more nutrients.

Know the source!  With food safety concerns, what better way to know you are getting a safe source of food than to know the farmer.

Supports farmers! Sadly, local farmers are a vanishing breed. Buying locally is one of the best ways to help sustain the family farm for future generations.

Less packaging! Buying produce from local vendors at farms or farmer's markets does not involve fancy packaging and therefore costs less for both parties.

Conserves resources! The average distance our food travels is 1500 miles. By buying locally, energy that's used for transporting produce is conserved.

Benefits the environment! Family farmers are good stewards of our land and water, which they depend on for their livilihood.

Builds community! Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds understanding, trust, and a connection to your area. The science of growing food offers great lessons on the agriculture of our area. Visiting local farms with your family brings education and appreciation of local to the next generation.