There is a movement sweeping the country that represents an idea, a lifestyle and a way of eating. It’s a grassroots movement that links the joy of good food with a commitment to community and the environment.
This movement embraces the resurgence of Farmers’ Markets, the rise of the organic products and the renaissance of local agriculture across the country to take us back to a simpler way of life.
Are you a part of the movement?
Do you find locally grown food near you? With over 6,000 Farmers’ Markets operating across the country, and almost 900 winter markets, it’s easier than ever to find fresh, locally grown food all year long. With robust directories from organizations like LocalHarvest.org, finding a market, restaurant or grocer that supports local growers is one click away.
Do you try and protect the environment? Did you know most of the produce sold in the US has traveled an average of 1,500 miles before it finally gets to your fruit basket? Buying local not only reduces the need for long-distance transportation, but small, organic farms also use more eco-friendly ways of promoting plant growth and managing weeds, compared to their conventional counterparts.
Do you support family farmers and the regional economy? Farmers’ Markets in the state of Iowa generated approximately $38.2 million in sales in 2009, in addition to creating over 500 jobs. The Portland Farmers’ Market reported nearly $7 million in sales in 2010 generated by over 700,000 shoppers, and the popular Greenmarkets in New York City promote regional economy by supporting over 224 local farmers. With numbers like these, it’s easy to see the economic and social benefits Farmers’ Markets have on communities across the country.
If you answered yes…
Than you embrace the simple premise that locally grown food is healthier for you, and the environment. You feel empowered to make decisions that help create positive environmental and social change. You’re a Locavore. You buy from Farmers’ Markets, farm stands – heck, you might even produce your own food!
You’ve answered the call to action. The call to wake up and make conscious decisions about the products we buy and the food we eat. You’re part of the Locally Grown movement!
How are you participating in the Locally Grown movement? Buying more organic and/or local produce and meat? Planting a garden at home? Seeking out restaurants that utilize local ingredients?