Your food is fresher and more nutritious.
Top chefs choose locally grown food when it is available because of its superior quality. Reducing the time from farm to table ensures that food flavors are at their peak. Locally grown food can be 3–10 days fresher than food shipped in from far away. When you eat locally grown foods soon after harvest, it is fresher and riper because it is picked closer to peak. Studies have shown that the nutrient levels of food are highest closer to the time they are harvested.
You can reduce your carbon footprint.
Growing more food locally can reduce the need for long-distance trucking, thus reducing greenhouse gas contributions. If grown efficiently, local food can also minimize the emissions of pollutants that dirty the air and cause global warming.
You support family farmers and the regional economy.
Buying locally helps farmers and food producers thrive. This supports the regional economy by building demand for supplies and services from other regional companies, thus contributing tremendously to regional economic development.
You contribute to a healthier environment and community.
The EPA states that agriculture is responsible for a significant amount of the pollution to the country’s waterways. Responsible, local farming may be one of the best ways to keep both ecosystems and rural communities healthy and thriving.