Why Buy Local?
Why not? Fresh, locally grown foods don't just taste delicious - they are better for you, your community and your planet!
Low mileage from farm to plate
Most food travels over 1,500 miles from farm to plate, while locally grown food typically travels 50 miles or less. This reduces pollution, our dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting the environment.
Fresh taste, less waste
Local food usually arrives in markets within 24 hours of being plucked from the vine or dug from the earth. So, it’s unusually fresh and delicious. Fresher foods keep longer – reducing waste in the kitchen, and providing better value for our food dollar.
Delicious and nutritious food
Because locally grown foods are so fresh, they are also more nutritious, containing higher levels of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that healthy bodies need.
91 cents of each dollar spent in conventional food markets goes to suppliers, processors, middlemen and marketers, while only 9 cents goes to the farmer. Farmers who sell direct a local farmers' markets or through CSAs keep 80-90 cents of each dollar. Selling locally, farmers can reduce distribution, packaging and advertising costs and offer us fresher, more affordable food.
Combat urban sprawl
Prosperous farmers keep farming and operate successful farm businesses that enhance our communities, strengthen our local food supply and protect valuable farmland. These successful farm businesses attract younger generations to farming, making it more attractive to pass on the family farm instead of selling the farm for development.
Variety: the spice of life
Local farmers cultivate mouth-watering varieties of
delicious foods like Green Zebra tomatoes, Northern Spy apples, Purple Dragon carrots, Buckeye Chickens, and many other fruits, vegetables, and livestock bred for
flavor, nutrients and suitability to our local climate and soils rather than uniformity and endurance to withstand a cross-country road trip.
Biodiversity never tasted so good!
Buying local, a greater portion of our food dollar stays home supporting farms and businesses that make up our local communities and our regional economy. NE Ohioans spend over $7 billion on food. But less than 1% comes from local farms and producers. Localizing just 10% of our food spending would generate over $700 million for our local economy and communities.