Supporting local agriculture helps to strengthen the local economy.

By purchasing goods from local farmers and producers, you are keeping your money within your community and supporting small businesses. This can have a ripple effect throughout the local economy, as those businesses are then able to reinvest their profits back into the community.

In addition to the economic benefits, locally grown and produced food is often fresher and healthier than its commercially produced counterparts. Because these products are typically sold closer to their point of origin, they can be picked at peak ripeness and consumed soon after. This means that they are often more flavorful and packed with more nutrients than those that have been transported long distances and stored for extended periods of time.

Buying local food is better for the environment. Shipping food long distances requires a significant amount of fossil fuels and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. By purchasing locally grown and produced food, you are reducing the carbon footprint associated with your food consumption.

Purchasing local food can be a fun and educational experience. Many local farmers markets and food co-ops offer a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce and other products. This can give you the opportunity to try new foods and experiment with different cooking techniques.

Additionally, by interacting with local farmers and producers, you can learn more about where your food comes from and how it is produced.

Spending just 10% (#Spend10Local) of your grocery budget on locally grown and produced food can have a significant impact on your local economy, your health, and the environment. By supporting small businesses, enjoying fresh and nutritious food, and reducing your carbon footprint, you can make a positive difference in your community and in the world around you.

Spend 10 Local - what is it and why is it important?

What is shopping local?

Purchasing goods locally, especially locally grown food, instead of big-box chains.

Some examples of spending local include:

  • Buying seasonal veggies at a local produce stand
  • Shopping at your local butcher instead of at the grocery store
  • Acquiring hand-picked herbs from your local farmers market

Why is it important to shop local?

Shopping local supports your neighbors, your family, your friends, and your community.

5 reasons it is important for YOU to shop local.

  • You are creating relationships with the people in your community
  • You are supporting local jobs
  • You receive high quality products
  • You help create the identity of your community
  • You encourage local prosperity

Where can I find Local Growers and Producers?

For an interactive list of local & regional farmers and food producers: