Taste the Difference
Many people swear by the taste of local produce. One reason is the freshness – foods picked within 24 hours simply taste fresher.
Better Taste, Better For You
Produce loses nutrients and enzymes the longer it sits. Since local produce has a shorter time between harvest and your table, it is less likely the nutrient value has decreased.
Conventional farms generally grow fruits and vegetables they can mass produce and that will last a long time on the shelf.
Because quantity and durability is a goal, conventionally grown food is more likely to use genetically-modified seeds (GMOs). There is controversy surrounding whether GMO foods are safe for human consumption. Because there is no long-term research on humans and negative health effects shown in animal studies, nutritionists caution against consumption of these foods. Local farms produce food with the goal of selling to the local and direct market (such as local restaurants and farmer's markets), so nutritional quality and taste are more of a priority than durability.
Local Food Is Good for the Local Economy
Spending money at local farm markets keeps those dollars in your community to be reinvested with other local businesses. There are lots of farm markets in our area. You can go online to see what's in season, a list of area farm markets, a listing of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA's) and more.
Benefits for the Environment
Keeping local farms in business means keeping farmland and open and/or green space preserved. With local food traveling a shorter distance (and using less fuel), locavores may also help conserve energy and reduce pollution. And, small farms often adopt environmentally-friendly practices.
Most local farms are transparent in the way they grow their food and are happy to answer your questions about their processes and products.
Seasons and the Value of Variety
From early summer strawberries to fall favorites like apples, local crops offer a variety of seasonal tastes at their peak of flavor. Local farmers are often able to try different crops and offer interesting varieties you might not find elsewhere.