An Explanation of Local Food: Part 1
It’s indisputable that the Local food movement has grown rapidly over the past several years. The evidence of this expansion is often found right in front of us, from the colorful signs in our grocery stores to the bustling farmers’ markets downtown. Eaters have made their intentions clear to shops and producers—with sales of locally made and grown foods increasing from $5 Billion in 2008 to $12 Billion in 2014.
As a farm that grows fresh greens for our neighbors, we’re motivated by our customers’ support and their increasing demand for products like the ones that we offer. We’re proud to sell our produce within a close radius of our farm, and to call our food Local. What we’ve come to realize, however, is that “Local Food” has taken on a variety of meanings over the years. So, when you’re standing in front of the shelf and comparing options, who is to say that the greens you pick up actually match YOUR definition of what you value as Local?
Over the next few weeks we’ll tease out common perceptions about the term Local, explore what the word means, and offer a few takeaways on what the benefits of Local foods CAN BE for you, your community, and your planet at large.
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