5 Reasons to Localize This Thanksgiving

There are few things more fulfilling than friends and family gathering after a hardworking summer, to share an autumn harvest feast. Thanksgiving is a warm occasion that we look forward to, year after year. We encourage localizing your dinner table this year by supporting local farmers and producers. Here are five reasons why buying and eating local is in your best interest.

1. Local food is better for you.

When food is imported from outside your local community, it sits on trucks, planes and in warehouses before getting to your plate. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food.

2. Local food is safe.

When you can drive past the field or pasture that your food comes from and can have belly-to-belly conversations with the farmers at the market, you develop a sense of trust and assurance by the transparency. Local farmers aren't anonymous and we take our responsibility to the consumers very seriously.

3. Local food supports local families.

Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food. Each dollar you spend provides income for families in your community. We all have spending power. Cast your vote by supporting local family businesses.

4. Local food builds community.

When you buy direct from a farmer, you’re nurturing a connection between eater and grower. You will gain insight into the seasons, the land, and the food you eat. When buying from a local source, community members and their families are given the opportunity to learn about nature and agriculture.

5. Local food is an investment in the future.

By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. Local food systems result in reduced carbon emissions, cleaner air and water and farmland that is preserved for future generations.

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