Why Choose Local Farms Food?
Similar to the much-used party term “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, when you stay local you are encouraging business in your area by promoting local growers and farmers food, not international corporate farming endeavors. It’s sustainable because your local farms will match what they produce to meet the needs of the community’s demands.
I’ll give you just a few reasons why “Staying Local” not only helps you, local farms and your community but how it impacts the environment. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3.
1.) It saves your home money.
According to studies conducted by American Farmland, Trusts farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services whereas with most building development it’s the exact opposite. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. If a farmer’s products are selling to local stores at a steady rate they’re less likely to sell unused farmland to developers to make ends meet. This also helps preserve the natural landscape & open spaces of your state for tourism since a visitor would much rather see historic, preserved locations and rolling hills rather than buildings and urban sprawl. All of that keeps taxes low and tourism dollars higher.
2.) Know your food.
When things were more simple, consumers could go to a local farmer’s market and pick out what they’d like to have on their tables. You could speak to the farmers face to face, you’d know (roughly) where their farms were and you could talk to them about how they grow what we eat. Regulation and laws have given us the impression that “unless it’s in a big-name, mega-store, it’s not something we should trust on our tables”. This is no longer the case. By supporting local businesses that support local farms, you help everyone in that community.
3.) Helps the environment & helps to ensure your food future.
Farmers provide a well-balanced ecosystem service: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.
Why is this important? It ensures that there are farms in your area for future generations. And since they’re not making dinosaurs anymore the oil needed to produce, farm, package and transport most food to local markets will eventually run out. 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 the foods most of us currently rely on.
Plainly put: Keep it close, keep it local & support businesses that support the community. You’ll thank yourself for it later.