Buying local is simply the concept of buying food produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. Farmer’s Markets & Farmstands are great ways to buy local. There are many benefits to buying local. Here are just a few examples of the why shopping for local farm products is beneficial to you and your community.
Local Produce is Fresher
Local produce is picked and eaten at the height of ripeness and was probably picked within the past day or two. Local farmers can also offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.
Local Food Supports Local Farmers
Family farms are part of the American tradition of self-sufficiency and serve as the basis of local communities. With each local food purchase more of your money spent on food goes directly to the farmer. Local farmers spend their money with local merchants and the money stays in your community.
Buying Local Protects the Environment
When you buy food locally you reduce energy consumption. Local food doesn’t have to travel far. Food, on average, travels 1500-2500 miles from farm to table. Buying local helps to lower energy consumption by reducing transportation and storage, both of which are very energy-intensive and pollute our air and water.
Buying Local Preserves Diversity
Certified Farmers’ Markets are instrumental in preserving the diversity of California agriculture by providing marketing outlets for the small acreage growers of heirloom, culinary, ethnic, and specialty crops not widely grown on a large scale or found at traditional food sources.
Find a market near you– In a neighborhood near you! Fresh, nutritious, plentiful and LOCAL! There’s nothing better than buying California-grown products that are in season and grown by your neighbors—family farmers and ranchers. It’s easy to find out where the nearest farmers market is and when it happens. Search now!
Farm stands are another source of buying local produce. Listed below are some of Madera County’s roadside stands. Click on an address below to view a Google Map of its location.