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Why should you buy “local food”?


Do you buy “local food”?

One of the hottest new food trends is buying “local food”.

 In 2016, more diners will want to know where their food comes from and how it got onto their plates, according to Technomic. This clamoring for local and fresh ingredients means many restaurants will aim to streamline their supply chains and be as transparent as possible about their suppliers and food sources. http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/253962

Not only has there been huge growth in the number of farm-to-table restaurants and farmers’ markets, but grocery chains and big box retailers, including Wal-Mart, are elbowing their way in, aggressively expanding and marketing their locally grown offerings for sale. http://fortune.com/2015/08/21/local-food-movement-business/

 Why Buy Local?
There are many reason that buying fresh, local food from your community is important. Here are a just a few:
Buying local food keeps our dollars invested in our own community.

If every area household spent just $10 a week on local foods, it could generate $384.2 million annualy in southeastern Virginia, and $1.65 billion statewide. Take the $10 a week challenge!

Getting to know the farmer who grows your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities

There’s never been a more critical time to support our farmers. Between 2002 and 2007, Virginia lost more than 500,000 acres of farm land. With each local food purchase, you choose to support farms staying farms and farmers staying farmers.
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties grown for their taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life
Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised may enable you to choose food from farmers who certify that they avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotic or genetically modified seed in their operations. http://www.buylocalhamptonroads.org/why-buy-local.html

We at “Nutrition For A Lifetime” support local farmers and restaurants who support local farms. Please think about visiting your local farmers market today. We have a nutrition clinic each month at the Virginia Garden Organic Grocery store – located at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market – Stay tuned for next month’s clinic on Saturday, April 16. http://www.vagarden.com

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