Why Local, Why Not?
Wonder why the new buzz word is “local”? You hear it everywhere these days…from your food choices, to your travel locations…local is now trendy. As it should be.
Local food is fresh, healthy and stimulates our economy. What else could be better for your family?
Fresh: Local food is typically harvested within 24 hours of being delivered to the market, to the grocery store or even the restaurant. Plus, local food is not shipped in 1,500 miles, as most produce is at stores. Additionally, local food is picked at the peak of its ripeness and grown for taste, not for withstanding the long haul on an airplane or truck to get to the store.
Healthy: Looking for food that is grown the way you want it and grown by farmers you know? Look no further than your region. Visit a farmers market, shop at local stores supporting local farmers and you will find products that fit your checklist for growing techniques such as certified humane, organically-grown, no chemicals, no pesticides, grass-fed, all natural or just LOCAL! Whatever you pleasure…you can find it in the Ozarks.
Economy: We all want to give-back to our community and see our local economies thriving. According to Local Harvest, “We can start now by buying locally grown food whenever possible. By doing so you’ll be helping preserve the environment, and you’ll be strengthening your community by investing your food dollar close to home. Only 18 cents of every dollar, when buying at a large supermarket, go to the grower. 82 cents go to various unnecessary middlemen. Cut them out of the picture and buy your food directly from your local farmer.”