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Buy Locally Grown Vegetables

Buy Locally Grown Vegetables

Buy Locally Grown Vegetables

Vermont has a wide variety of farms. While known for our dairy production,there also many farms that raise fruits and vegetables, flowers and herbs,and animal products of all kinds. Our farmers are dedicated to stewardshipand committed to quality. And while they love what they do, they aren'tdoing it for entertainment. They need to make a living. Consumers thatvalue fresh food and a working landscape should support local farmers bybuying their products. Here are ten reasons why.

1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheeses and are hand-crafted for best flavor. Livestock products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has direct relationship with processors, oversijng quality - unlike animals processed in large industrial facilities.

7) Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they're less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you're doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.

Soon farmers markets and roadside stands will be open and offering early spring crops such as rhubarb and asparagus. Also, growers who have greenhouses or hoop houses can offer greens early in the growing season. After what seemed like a long, cold winter season the chance to have locally grown food available to add to meals is irresistible.

As the growing season starts and gets into full swing, you should think about how you can add more locally grown foods to your menus. By doing so you are supporting the many benefits of locally grown food.

As a growing movement across North America, locally grown food has countless benefits to offer. More and more families are making the choice to buy food from local food producers, even if it's just a portion of their weekly grocery supply.

There are many benefits to buying locally grown food, and each person makes their choice for different reasons. Locally grown food creates important economic opportunities, provides health benefits and helps to reduce environmental impact. It also helps bring the community together and gives people the opportunity to make a difference.

Additionally, many people feel local food tastes better and lasts longer. They also find peace of mind knowing exactly where their food came from and how it was grown. For others, supporting community economics and building relationships with local food producers is incredibly important, as is protecting the environment.

Locally grown food is a broad term that describes food that was grown within a geographical region that could be considered local to your particular area. Whether it's within your county, city, neighborhood or even your own backyard, locally grown food can take many forms.

When buying locally, you may choose to buy food that was grown as locally as possible. Locally grown food can often be found in your regular grocery store, at farmers' markets, within community-supported agriculture programs, or even on certain websites and groups on social media platforms. Some ranchers even offer direct farm-to-table purchasing from their own websites.

Most often, the food you'll purchase from local producers will be food that's in season such as seasonal fruits and vegetables. Other local food producers can grow certain types of foods year-round within greenhouses or orchards. This will often depend on your local climate and your community.

Other popular foods to purchase locally include dairy products, like milk and cheese from cows or goats. Local, organic and farm-fresh eggs are another popular food that families pick up at the weekend farmers' market. Even specialty foods like honey, nut butters or canned foods can often be purchased from local producers.

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