Why Buy Local

We support farms and businesses in our region to keep both land and people employed and to preserve open spaces. This is an investment in our future, and our opportunity to have a voice in our food production. We aim to address the critical problem of the consumer’s separation from the production of their food. We vote with our dollars, directly investing in our local living economy of food. We believe our food is a community effort, and a shared responsibility. Put your money where your mouth is.

Taste. Local food almost always has better flavor, quality, and freshness.

Accountability. Come by and watch us farming, get to know whose growing, it builds community. If it isn’t grown here it is purchase from a local grower we believe in.

Investment. Supporting local farms and businesses helps insure a healthy and affordable food supply, and more of your dollars spent will go to directly to growers and producers who in turn fuel our local economy with commerce and jobs.

Lower fossil fuel input. Less miles and less packaging conserves a lot of energy and provides insurance against rising fuel costs.

“This land is your land. . . ” Use it wisely. Support local farmers and help to preserve our soil, air quality, open spaces, genetic diversity, wildlife, and watershed.

Food for Thought

Local food sales in the United States grossed an estimated $4.8 billion in 2008, just 0.4 percent of total agricultural sales.

American farmers receive just 11.6 cents of every dollar spent on food in the U.S.

On average, nearly 90 percent of a farm family’s income is supplied by another source of employment (source).

In 2011, small farms “accounted for slightly more than 1% of the value of total U.S. agricultural production, while representing 59% of farm households.” (source)

More than 29 million Americans lack access to healthy affordable foods (source).

95% of Americans under 50 years of age do not eat the recommended amounts of vegetables (source).