FIVE REASONS TO BUY FRESH AND BUY LOCAL
There are many benefits to supporting local agriculture. A big one is taste. When food only has to travel travel short distances it is fresher and retains more important nutrients.
SUPPORT LOCAL FARM FAMILIES
When local grown products are purchased, we all benefit by keeping dollars circulating within our community. This translates into jobs. And when those dollars are going to locally owned farms and ranches, we help provide owners with the resources they need to carry on revered farming traditions.
PROTECT GENETIC DIVERSITY
In the industrial agricultural system, many unique and heirloom varieties of crops have been avoided because they are difficult to grow, store or ship. This has resulted in a narrowing of genetic diversity and consumer choice. Local farmers are helping to preserve age-old varieties not well suited to remote distribution. Fiber producers serving discriminating “tastes” likewise offer a wide selection of quality fibers from a diversity of uncommon species.
PRESERVE OPEN SPACES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving rural character. Loss of farmland to development is less likely when farms are profitable. A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued, and provides important habitat for many wildlife species.
KEEP AGRICULTURE VIABLE
The Central Coast is still a highly agricultural region. One of the best ways to help it retain this is to keep local farmers in production. To remain economically viable, local growers need to have markets for their food and fibers.
Make your food and fiber choices with purpose - Buy Fresh! Buy Local!!