If you are fortunate enough to live near a farm, or have a farmers’ market in your town, you will enjoy the benefits to buying food from local providers. Food that is locally grown or produced is often picked fresh and is tastier than foods picked weeks earlier and shipped to grocery stores. It also has more nutrients, given the shorter time between harvest and your table.

You probably have access to more organic produce as well. Most markets have rules that vendors must follow, including GMO issues and humanely raised livestock.

Meals can be planned for when produce is in season, and you can save money shopping directly from the farmer. And buying locally can help support farmers and the local economy and help protect farmland and the green/open space it offers to the community.

In addition, imported foods and produce may travel thousands of miles to reach your supermarket, which contributes to its carbon footprint. And foods at farmers’ markets probably not wrapped in plastic with excess packaging.

The USDA has a National Farmers Market Directory so that you can find information on what’s available in your area.

To read more about food and agriculture in relation to climate change, visit our FOOD & AGRICULTURE page in the LEARN MORE section.

IMAGE COURTESY OF: Chantal Garnier

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