This blog post started out entitled, "Why The Prices?" but a few paragraphs in, I realized it was more of a frustrated rant so I decided to turn it into something a little more positive! There are SO many benefits to buying your food locally. Let's talk about a few of them!
Less Chemicals- Let me start by saying that buying local DOES NOT ensure that your food isn't grown with toxic chemicals. However it does give you the power to talk to your farmer about how your food is grown. Most likely you're able to visit the farm and the farmer is more than happy to tell you all about the production methods that they are so proud of. I mean seriously, if you want to talk about how I grow my grass (not the kind that would make me lots of money, ha!), come over anytime! I'm quite proud of it. The benefits of "no chemicals" don't stop at the health benefit to you.
Buying chemical free food also saves the poor souls who are spraying the chemicals. I am beyond happy to announce that Monsanto, now owned by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and likely the most evil company in the world, is finally being held accountable for their toxic chemicals. One of the over 5,000 cases filed against Monsanto by people who have gotten cancer after spraying these chemicals was finally allowed to go to trial. A jury found Monsanto guilty and liable to pay $287 million in damages. Of course, they will appeal, but I hope that this is the start of bringing these evil bastards (excuse my language) down. Learn more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/business/monsanto-roundup-cancer-trial.html
Environmental Stewardship- Buying well-grown food locally is, in my opinion, one of the best things you can do for the environment. Not only are most local, small scale growers not using chemicals, but the food is traveling hundreds or thousands of miles less than the average blueberry or pound of beef. When too many animals get stuffed onto a piece of land so that water and feed have to be trucked from hundreds of miles away, and the manure and urine can't be absorbed into the ground, it is basically destruction to the environment. On the contrary, when managed correctly, and as you can see on my farm, animals can heal the land rather than destroy it.
Local Economy- When you buy locally, more of your money stays in the local economy. See below!
Get to Know Your Farmer- Most of my regular customers feel like family. They come out to the farm once a week or once a month and we get to catch up and chat. They know what's going on at the farm, and it's just a very special exchange. Coming to the farm gives them a connection to their food and an opportunity to unplug for a bit and enjoy the peace there.
Your Health! Cancer rates are soaring and I personally don't think it's a coincidence. Our grocery stores are full of sugar laden, processed things riddled with chemicals that really shouldn't be considered food. You only get one body in this life time, fill it with the good stuff!
You're Helping Someone Follow Their Dreams- Farming isn't something you tend to just fall into because it's what was expected of you. It's usually something you fall deeply in love with and can't imagine doing anything else. When you buy from a local farm, you're supporting that dream. In case you didn't know, the US Government, God Love Them, has been doing everything they can to put small farmers out of business over the years. If you want to read an article that will make you want to cry and simultaneously punch someone (namely our US Secretaries of Agriculture), look no further: https://www.realmilk.com/9201-2/
Coming from experience, it is really hard to make farming financially viable. And I count on the wonderful people who are investing in their health and in my farm to keep things going. Thank you SO much!!
I'm sure there are many other benefits to buying locally! Tell me some things I'm missing!