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4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food

The Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Produce

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Waiting for spring and summer when I can buy local produce and also plant a garden. Report
Local is always better for us Report
I'm Very fortunate to live in a part of California that grows so many different things and have relatives nearby with gardens. Report
We've always bought local Report
Great article! I try to buy local as much as I can! Report
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! Report
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. Report
Go locally! Report
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. Report
I buy locally in season. Not much growing after early fall. Report
I buy from my local farmer's market whenever I can. It simply makes sense to me. Report
I love living in California. Beautiful weather and perfect produce. My kids and grandkids live here close by. Life is near perfect Report
I love our local farmer's mkt., but we just had the last one for the season. Always sad! Report
I love our local farmer's markets. It's a plus to living in a rural community. Report
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. Report

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