Have you ever met someone that describes themselves as a "locavore?" Are you a locavore yourself? Among the many food trends that have been circulating through popular culture over the past several years, the local food movement focuses on the benefits of eating food grown by farmers within a nearby geographic location.

There is no precise definition or distance that makes something local, but the general consensus is that it originates from at most 100 miles away. Additionally, the food is always sold directly from producer to consumer (like at a farmers market!). At FRESHFARM's markets, we work with farmers and producers from D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Eating local can be beneficial because:
  • it helps to support the local economy
  • it provides customers with food that is likely fresher than what can be store bought
  • it promotes healthier eating and lifestyle habits (because you can't directly grow a bag of potato chips or a candy on a farm)
  • it protects the environment (by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released by reducing the distance traveled from farm to table and the added emphasis on sustainable farming practices also associated with the movement)

Some critics question whether the local food movement actually makes a notable impact on the environment or whether small-scale farming practices are a feasible and sustainable economic model. For example, transporting food a shorter distance does not necessarily mean less energy will be expended.

Statistics aside, the thought behind the movement shows a commitment to protecting the future of the environment, economy, and our personal and community health. If the application isn't exactly perfect now, we can always keep improving. In fact, last year the Washington Post reported that as much as 90 percent of Americans could theoretically be fed locally.

Your involvement in the FARMSHARE program plays a part in supporting local agriculture! We hope you have been enjoying the process just as much as we have!



 


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02/20/2017 12:33am

I like our local food, but I also like to eat new and different food. I like to explore my taste and eat food from different cultures. But that doesn't mean that I don't want to eat local food anymore. Of course, eating local food is important for our community. Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely share this with my friends.

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02/23/2017 7:58am

I always try to support my local market. It's good for the local economy. I am totally agree with you.

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