1.) It’s fresher! Food imported from far away is older and often has to travel long distances and sit in warehouses before finally getting to you.
2.) It’s better for you. Less time from farm to table means that fewer nutrients are lost in transit.
3.) It preserves genetic diversity. In modern/industrial agriculture, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing, and last on the shelf. As a result, large-scale production limits genetic diversity. Smaller local farms like Pete’s often grow many varieties in an array of colors and flavors.
4.) Local farmers are not anonymous. They are accessible and take their responsibility to consumer and community very seriously.
5.) Local produce builds communities. When you buy from a local farmer, you are engaging in a time-honored tradition. Knowing your farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food.
6.) Buying local means more money stays within your community. Every dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy.
7.) Local farms preserve open space. When farmers are supported by their communities, they’re less likely to sell their farmland for development. When you eat locally grown food, you’re proactively preserving Chester County’s agricultural landscape.
8.) Local produce keeps taxes down. According to several studies, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most other kinds of development contribute less in taxes than the cost of the services they require.
9.) Local produce benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms conserve fertile soil and clean water in a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, and ponds that provide habitat for wildlife.
10.) Buying local is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow.