Do you know these five important reasons to buy local?
|Quality||Local farmers can grow varieties for taste and diversity, rather than for shipping durability.|
|Economy||Buying from a local farmer keeps your money in the community.|
|Open Space||Helping local farmers stay on their land helps keep that land free of subdivisions.|
|Health||When you buy local, you can learn more about how your food is grown and make more informed choices.|
|Environment||Shorter shipping distances translate into less fuel used, lower fuel emissions, less packing material, less wear and tear on trucks.|
The terms “local” and “organic” are often used interchangeably. In New York, local is often organic, but not always. Local is defined in our region as about 200 miles, or 4 hours, or, for certain programs, produced in your state. Here in the northeast, local often also means coming from a small, family-owned farm.
Buying local usually means buying minimally processed foods such as fruits, vegetables, baked goods, granola, eggs, dairy, meat…all the things we are accustomed to seeing at our local farmers’ markets.
- look for signs of origin in your grocery store
- buy in season – What’s in season? View the NY State Department of Agriculture’s harvest schedule.
- join a CSA or buyers club – How? Visit the Just Food web site for CSA locations.
- shop at farmers’ markets – Where? Most farmers’ markets in NYC are managed by GrowNYC and Down to Earth. Independent markets are operated by East New York Farms! and Added Value, both in Brooklyn.