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4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food

The Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Produce

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  • Local is always better for us
  • I'm Very fortunate to live in a part of California that grows so many different things and have relatives nearby with gardens.
  • We've always bought local
  • Great article! I try to buy local as much as I can!
  • Nope, sorry, SP--where I live the only thing "in season" is potatoes, carrots & lettuce. Our northern, mountainous climate means we have a short, barely-fertile growing season, with rocky ground whose dirt is the color of pale concrete. VERY hard to garden where I live--and the Farmer's Markets are disappointing. I HAVE to buy from my grocery stores if I want a balanced, fruits-&-veggies-rich diet!
  • WE HAVE A SUMMER MARKET OPEN FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS ON FRIDAY. THE REST OF THE YEAR I'M AFRAID THE ONLY THING WE WOLD BE ABLE TO BUY IS COLOURED LEAVES, LOTS OF RAIN, THEN SNOW, ICICLES & ICY ROADS.
  • I try to buy locally... but it's hard. I live in the middle of some of the richest farmland in the United States... and we also have really poor access to fresh fruits and vegetables because that land is almost entirely being used to grow corn and soybeans. Nearly everything is imported from at least 1500 miles away, and by the time it hits our grocery stores it doesn't have a very long shelf life, if it has any left at all. I'd never seen so many rotten avocados, berries, greens, and citrus fruits sitting on store shelves in my life until I moved here.

    I'd say about half the stuff at the farmer's market here is probably locally grown. The rest is just repackaged stuff from the grocery store at inflated prices.

    So, buyer beware at farmer's markets! If I had to guess, I'd say the demand for grocery-store-like variety is probably driving this trend. If only people had a better idea of where food came from (and when!) and how messed up our food systems are.
  • I buy locally in season. Not much growing after early fall.
  • I buy from my local farmer's market whenever I can. It simply makes sense to me.
  • I love living in California. Beautiful weather and perfect produce. My kids and grandkids live here close by. Life is near perfect
  • I love our local farmer's mkt., but we just had the last one for the season. Always sad!
  • I love our local farmer's markets. It's a plus to living in a rural community.
  • Very interesting and thoughtful comments made. The article points out the tough choices to be made -- it's not a "one shoe fits all" problem.
  • It's pretty hard to get local food that is grown within 60 miles when you live in a big city unless there are community farms that sell their produce. Fortunately, they have started some farmer's markets in the Denver area based on those. But if you want fruit, it comes from the west side of the mountains or from states farther away like California and Washington. We get peaches in late August/early September and Apples in late September/early October. Otherwise they come from California and Washington. Melons are from the state, but over 90 miles away. It just isn't possible to get a lot of things locally grown. At least we do have many places growing things organically.

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