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Your Local Farmer

5 Reasons Why You Should Know Your Local Farmer

Perhaps if you live within one of the inner cities around the world, learning more about who actually does what within your community might be more difficult than if you lived in a less populated area. If you are able to, it is good to know where your food comes from. Knowing who your local farmers are can help you know how your food is grown so that you have a better idea of exactly what you are digesting.

There is more than just how your food is grown; it is also that you are helping your community. You are not only keeping your money local, but you are helping others to survive in today’s economy. In addition, your children can learn a lot as well.

 

Your Local Farmer –

 

local farmer pic1 – Keeping Money Local – It has been estimated that by buying $100.00 at your local farmer’s market, approximately $62.00 is deposited back into your local economy and 99% of the $100.00 stays within your states boundaries. However, if you spend $100.00 at your local grocery store, only about $25.00 stays locally.

These numbers are astounding. Buy buying from local growers, you are helping your friends and neighbors. You are helping your own community simply by buying from your local farmer and others who he may buy from.

2 – Environmentally Oriented – Knowing your local farmer brings everyone closer together and creates a tighter community. This helps reduce cost factors from a number of different areas. One is the cost of fuel to deliver the product; it takes a lot less fuel and wear and tear on equipment to transport it across the country (or world for that matter) than to simply drive across town.

Knowing who your local farmers are will also educate you on how they grow their crops and distribute them. Buying locally means you can actually see how the food is grown. In addition, buying locally means that the farmer doesn’t have to apply coatings such as wax, irradiation or gassing methods to keep the food looking fresh. This means less chemicals added to the environment and more nutrition in your body.

3 – Personalization – Buying as much food as possible from your local farmers gives you a greater opportunity to actually know who they are. You can actually ask questions from the farmer about their processes and how they grow their crops from prepping the soil to selling their goods to local vendors. Some will even offer tours of their farms; this is a perfect opportunity to get your kids involved and learn not only about being part of their community but learning and understanding where their food comes from.

You will also find that many will give free samples of their products so that you know exactly what you are buying ahead of time. It is time to start asking where the food we eat comes from. It is time to stop the processes of using GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) foods. By learning more from your local farmers, you can help to break this horrific chain that is leading us all to a quicker death.

4 – Starting Good Habits – Health issues are a very big concern today. The root to this problem is that we have not only become less active but we are not eating as healthy as we once were. Stress and emotional eating are on the rise. In addition, we are choosing to opt for quick to make meals (like from the local drive-thru) which are simply not healthy for us at all.

Buying from your local farmer will introduce you to new foods. You will eat healthier foods. You will consume quality food that actually has flavor which is something most foods we buy today do not have. So much of our food today contains unnecessary chemicals which are added to improve the flavor and hide the fact that the quality of the product is poor.

5 – Making a Change – Knowing who your local farmers are, you will be educated about your local environment and how the food that is grown locally is managed. You will meet new people and help build your local economy. You will learn about nutrition and eating healthier. You can and should engage your children with these same processes as well so that they can continue this positive change for ours and their futures.

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