Why Buy Local Farm Products ?

Why Buy Local Farm Products?
For Quality Freshness and Taste
Local is usually fresher and tastes better.
Fresher food is more nutritious.

Keep your money local
Local farms mean more local jobs for local people.
The economic “multiplier effect” (the number of times a single dollar is circulated in a community) is higher for family farms than other business sectors.
Every dollar is turned over up to 5 times when farmers buy supplies, equipment, fuel.
When you buy directly from farmers, the farm family receives more of the food dollars spent.
The more farms, the more economic opportunity for people in rural communities.
Suppliers, processors, distributors and retailers all benefit from diverse local agriculture.
Owner-operated farms offer individuals self-employment and business management opportunities.
When you buy local, your money stays local.

Preserve bio-diversity, open space, rural aesthetics and a cleaner environment
Diversity of farms and cropping systems contributes to biological diversity.
Well managed farms contributes to an aesthetically-pleasing rural landscape.
Keeping local farms in business preserves open space and wildlife habitat.
Farms help maintain high water quality by reducing water run-off.
Fuel consumption is lowered when food is purchased locally.
Air quality is higher when fuel usage is reduced.

Get better value with local food
Local food offers better value for your money. You pay for freshness and taste, not packaging, refrigeration and freight.
Connections to local farms assure that more people in a community have access to culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food through local non-emergency sources.

Sustain heritage, tradition, community and quality of life
Farms enhance our quality of life.
Farms often provide recreational opportunities.
Agriculture preserves our heritage and enhances our community experience.
Farms contribute more in taxes than they cost in services.

Maintain a diversity of farm size, crops and marketing
A broad spectrum of farms translates into diversity of ownership, cropping systems, landscapes, biological organization, culture, and traditions.
A diversity of farms contributes to a healthy, vibrant agricultural economy.