In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, we at Kitchen Saver thought we would focus this week’s blog on a more eco-conscious topic: buying locally grown produce from Farmer’s Markets. And while you may think that this topic is a bunch of nonsense, it does have its advantages.
Benefits of Buying Locally Grown Produce from a Farmer’s Market
- The food you buy is fresh, affordable, healthy and, most importantly, tasty!
- The money you spend supports local farmers and sustainable agriculture. Buying produce from a Farmer’s Market reinforces local jobs and business networks, maintaining local employment.
- You can talk to the farmer and learn what makes the particular crop special, the methods of organic cultivation involved, and how the farmer recommends you prepare it.
- The atmosphere is much different (and friendlier) than that of a supermarket.
- Buying from the local farmer helps to protect genetic diversity. There is little genetic diversity in the produce grown to meet commercial standards. Only varieties that can survive shipping, transporting and have a long shelf life are chosen. Therefore, only a few hybrid varieties of fruits and vegetables meet those demands. On the other hand, local farmers that sell to local grocery stores and restaurants can produce a wide variety of produce, some of which are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation because they taste good.
- It is good for the environment! Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.
So buy local. Help your taste buds, help the economy, and help the environment!
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