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)
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!