We’re Going to Market! (And So Should You)

March 7, 2010  ·  @ Tom  ·  No Comments

It may be a ways away, but we’re always looking ahead to the Sidney Farm Market. Sure, you’ve heard that buying locally is a good thing, but do you really understand why? Below are just a few great reasons:

Local food tastes better. Most likely it was picked in the last couple of days, which makes it crisp and flavorful. Produce that travels long distances (California, Florida or Chile) is days older. Sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink, and produce loses its vitality and flavor.

Local food builds community. By getting to know the farmers who grow your food, you build understanding, trust and a connection to your neighbors & your environment. The weather, the seasons and the science of growing food offer great lessons in nature and agriculture. Visiting local farms with children and grandchildren brings that education and appreciation to the next generation.

Local food preserves open space. As you enjoy visits to the country to see lush fields of crops, meadows of wildflowers, picturesque barns and rolling pastures, remember that our treasured agricultural landscape survives only when farms are financially viable. By spending your money on locally grown food, you’re increasing the value of the land to the farmer and making development less likely.

Local food is about the future. Supporting local farms today helps keep those farms in your community, ensuring your children and grandchildren have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food. When you choose to buy locally, and make your choices known, you raise the consciousness of your family, friends and neighbors.

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