Why eat local?
Eating local and seasonal foods reduces your carbon food-print. It takes a lot more fuel to get tomatoes or peaches from California or Mexico compared to your local market.
Eating local food supports healthy farming practices because you can interview your local farmer about their sustainable growing practices before you make your purchase.
Eating local food boosts your local economy. If each household in Virginia purchase $10 a week on locally grown agricultural products, it could bring $1.65 billion into the Virginia economy each year.
Eating local food can improve your health because you can screen your farmers growing practices to reduce ingestion of antibiotics, hormones or other toxic chemicals, plus recently harvested produce retain high nutrient amounts.
You should eat local food not just because it tastes better and is healthier, but because knowing your farmers and food producers is good for your soul. Because knowing where your food comes from helps you understand your connection to your community, your bioregion, your Earth.
If every household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on local Virginia-grown food, $1.65 billion would be kept in our state to support our farmers, fund our schools, and contribute to a healthy local food system.