Why Eat Local

Why eat local?  Because when you eat locally grown food you …

  • Eat the freshest, most nutritious veggies possible.  The average ‘fresh’ food item at the supermarket has traveled over 1500 miles to get there, losing taste and nutrients every inch of the way.
  • Conserve natural resources and protect the environment.  That same supermarket veggie has guzzled fuel on its long road-trip to Hannaford. Also, small organic farms focus on building great soil health to produce delicious veggies, instead of importing petroleum-based and polluting soil additives to grow vegetables.
  • Keep your money in the local economy: money spent at your local farm stays in the community.
  • Preserve open space by helping make local farms successful members of the community, lessening the pressure to develop open fields.
  • Eat more interesting food! Since your local veggies don’t have to travel long distances to get to you, your farmer can choose varieties based on flavor, rather than the ability to withstand a long journey.
  • Eat safe food. Local veggies have been planted, harvested, washed and delivered by farmers you can meet, in conditions you can see for yourself.