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4 Good Reasons to Buy Local Food

The Benefits of Eating Locally Grown Produce


8/1/2017 7:42:14 PM

REDROBIN47's SparkPage
I love our local farmer's markets. It's a plus to living in a rural community.
5/9/2017 4:30:14 PM

JAJABEE1717's SparkPage
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.
10/7/2016 9:26:36 PM

FANCYQTR's SparkPage
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.
8/28/2016 9:40:40 AM

The farmers markets in the Dallas area are shams, selling to rich and snobby yuppies. And that's just the way it is all over, snotty Whole Foods patrons thinking they are getting better food because it costs more. It's a croc!
2/12/2016 10:21:48 AM

JACFRANK's SparkPage
Sadly, the "farmers market" in my area is a sham. My husband used to work there and very few of the items are actually locally grown. Having said that, this place is set up like a grocery store and sells exotic fruits & veggies, bakery items, wine/beer, etc.

It seems that not all farmers markets really are you may wan to do some homework on the place first. Tom Leonard's in Richmond, VA calls themselves a farmers market, but they definitely do not sell much local produce. :(
10/7/2015 11:19:43 AM

AIRIADAR's SparkPage
This article focuses on eating organic to "go green" and get chemicals out of the environment, and notes that shipping it across country defeats the purpose. However, most of the people I know who eat organic are doing so because they do not want to save the planet, but their own health: they do not want to CONSUME those pesticides.

So unless the local farmers are ALSO going organic, then they can't get what they want locally!

Which is why people will buy organics from California, despite the carbon emissions of shipping it across the country...

10/7/2015 6:47:02 AM

ZEECHA's SparkPage
Thanks for the informative article; I appreciated the links at the end of the article too.

It IS time to start making better choices regarding what we put into our bodies; eating local makes sense not only for our own health, but for the planet's health as well.

9/21/2015 7:50:57 AM

I buy local now and then, but realistically, not always possible nor practical, you do the best you can. It isn't ever going to be perfect, we are lucky for all the choices we have here!!
2/2/2014 4:54:11 PM

BEACHGIRL328's SparkPage
A few months ago I was having a party so along with healthy options I picked up some mini cupcakes that I picked up in the bakery section of the local Fresh Market and everyone loved them.
As I was cleaning up from the party I turned the empty cupcake container over and saw it was stamped "Product of Canada."
I live in Fort Lauderdale FL that was a mighty long trip for a few mini cupcakes. It was not until then that I found out that it's not just fresh produce and meats that are shipped from all over the world.
I also shop at Publix and while the frozen broccoli was an American product the frozen spinach came from Mexico. I was always so proud of myself because I always check to see where the fresh produce comes from I never thought that a FL corporation would have their store brand or something produced so far away and apparently some of the big brands do it too.
I used to buy frozen because it's cheaper and more convenient but not anymore. I don't eat fish anymore unless I go to the fish market that I KNOW gets it fresh off the boats and now I go the local green grocer for my locally grown produce .
12/10/2013 10:05:50 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
Thanks for the article.
11/29/2013 6:35:10 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Thanks for an informative article.
11/26/2013 7:23:31 PM

Puzzled through the first sentence a moment, because why is buying organic CA strawberries not local? Oh right, I live in CA, the writer doesn't. Heh.
11/26/2013 5:12:17 PM

An addendum to the article: another alternative is to start (or patronize) a food co-op, a process I'm involved with here in the NW suburbs of Illinois. Close to 500 people have shown an interest, & we are moving forward to start a store-front co-op somewhere in McHenry County by May of 2015.
11/26/2013 4:11:41 PM

I produce local beef; raise and sell it without added hormones or antibiotics. It costs more to raise it that way. I advertise in local papers, "family farm raised, corn-fed beef." I have a complete satisfaction guarantee. If you eat a little, and don't like it, I'll buy back the unused portion. Plus, I deliver it to your house for no extra charge. I sell only by the quarter, so you're buying a bundle of steaks, roasts, and ground beef. My market allows me little, if any profit; that is, people will not pay me what it costs me to raise it. It is a losing proposition this year for sure. We have sold several head over the past three years (7 or 8 head), and we get rave reviews, and some of them are repeat customers. But the cost is always a concern with our customers. I have had to lower my prices by 20% in order to move it, and I'm losing money on the product. So, if you want to buy locally raised, organic or natural produce or meat, you had better expect to pay more for it, even if it's not being transported very far.. Many people aren't willing to do that.
11/26/2013 8:36:13 AM

It would be good to get local vegetables in January, but our climate does not allow it. You cannot grow many vegetables in three inches of snow. The only vegetables that people saw 100 years ago, were the ones that could be stored for a long time - such as onions, beets, carrots, potatoes. Good luck with that.

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