Local Farm Fresh Producers Guide
Prepared by Enosburgh Conservation Commission and Bakersfield Conservation Commission
Download a copy of the Local Farm Fresh Producers Guide in ".PDF" format.
Reasons to Buy Local1) Locally grown food tastes better. Food grown in your community was probably picked within the past day or two. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles.
2) Local produce is better for you. A recent study showed that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Food that is frozen or canned soon after harvest is actually more nutritious than "fresh" produce that has been on the truck for a week.
3) Local food supports local farm families. Farmers get less than ten cents of the retail food dollar in the commodity market. Local farmers who sell directly to the consumer get full retail price which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm. In a typical grocery store, only 9 cents goes to the people who produce the food.
4) Local food builds community. When you buy direct from the farmer, you are establishing a time honored connection. Knowing the farmers gives you insight into the seasons, weather, and process of raising food. Relationships built on understanding can thrive.
5) Local food preserves open space. As the value of direct marketed produce increases, selling farmland for development becomes less likely. When you buy locally grown produce, you are doing something proactive about conserving agricultural landscape and open space.
6) Local food keeps the local economy strong and your taxes in check. Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, while suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes. Dollars spent in the community stay in the community.