9 Reasons to Buy Local Products
A couple of week ago we did a blog on the benefits of buying organic products that go beyond your personal health, you can check that out here. This week we want to take it a step further; we want to give you 9 reasons why it is important to buy local products.
1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better. Produce is picked off the plant shortly before you purchase it. Animal products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has a relationship with the processors. All local food is made, handled and treated with love and care from those in the community. NOT MACHINES.
2) Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food imported from far away is older and has traveled on trucks or planes, and sat in warehouses before it gets to you.
3) Local food preserves genetic diversity. Big business farms stick with plant varieties that are uniform and have the longest shelf life. Small local farms grow different varieties of crops to provide a longer harvest season and better flavor. Animals are also significantly more diverse on small local farms than on argi-business farms
4) Local food is safe. There's a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers' market or driving by the fields where your food comes from.
5) Local food supports local families. We know this first hand. We are a family owned business and Mountain Mama's has supported 4 generations so far. We understand that local products represent families and livelihoods. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which helps farm families stay on the land.
6) Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you're engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. In many cases, it gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.
7) Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they're less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you're doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.
8) Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school, tomatoes don’t dial 911.
9) Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.
We get it. We are local.
We do the best we can to support and carry the best local products around. So, when the opportunity presents itself and you have the choice between local and big business. GO LOCAL. Support your neighbors. Support your community. Support families.
Here are just a few local companies that we carry: