More and more people in the Shenandoah Valley and across the country are choosing to eat locally grown food for a variety of reasons: for the taste, for their health, for the environment, to strengthen the local economy, and to support endangered family farms. All of these reasons are great reasons to consider purchasing locally grown food.
There are lots of great reasons to Buy Fresh Buy Local:
- Exceptional taste and freshness: Local food is fresher and often tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.
- Reduce your carbon footprint: Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.
- Support endangered family farms: There has never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer, helping to keep farming viable in the Shenandoah Valley.
- Safeguard your family’s health: Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified seed in their operations. Buy food from local farmers you trust.
When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in the Shenandoah Valley will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.
Buying local is easy! Discover local food and farms near you on this website or in the Shenandoah Valley Buy Fresh Buy Local guide.