Seven reasons to visit your local farmers’ market:
- Eating food grown locally means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
- Locally grown produce is fresher. While produce that is purchased in the supermarket or a big-box store has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks, produce that you purchase at your local farmers’ market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only improves the taste of your food, but also the nutritional value, which declines with time.
- Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Because the produce will be handled less, locally grown fruit does not have to be picked well before it is ripe to stand up to the rigors of shipping.
- Eating locally grown food is better for air quality and pollution. In a March 2005 study by Food Policy, it was found that the miles that food often travels to our plate create environmental damage; this includes organic food.
- Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive.
- Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy locally grown food, you give those with local open space—farms and pastures—an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.
- Local food keeps your taxes in check. Unlike suburban developments, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services. On average, for every $1 suburban developments produce in revenue, they require $1.17 in services.
To learn more about CFB’s farmers’ markets click here. For a list of other local farmers’ markets, check the Arizona Daily Star or search on www.localharvest.org