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So why is it important to buy local foods?
It’s fresh and it tastes better. Local produce is able to ripen naturally, instead of being picked before ripening actually happens. Most produce you buy in large chain groceries travels long distances and if picked when ripe, would likely be rotten before it hit the store shelves, so it is picked before it has ripened.
Relationships. Local foods create connections that you can’t get online. Getting to know the people who produce your food is important to not only the consumers but to the farmers as well. With so many misconceptions of farmers and farming practices, relationships are so important. But with those relationships, trust, sharing and learning are key.
Stronger local communities. When you buy local, you are supporting your community and helping those farmers and businesses continue on for future generations.
Variety. Oh the things you can find when buying local: Maple covered peanuts, chocolate covered bacon, homemade soap and so much more. Local farmers tend to grow a variety of items instead of only one crop. Additionally, they love supporting other farmers and businesses as well and often branch out offering other locally made products.
Submitted by Mandy Orahood, an Ohio Farm Bureau organization director serving Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, and Trumbull counties.