Why Buy Local?

Why Buy Local Farm Products

DSCN1004_fsThe reasons to make local farm products a primary part of your food purchases are many and varied. Here are a few borrowed from NY Farms!, a broad-based statewide coalition of organizations, individuals, businesses, agencies and institutions, committed to the future of New York’s farms and families.

Quality and Value in Nutrition and Taste

  • Local is usually fresher and tastes better.
  • Fresher food is more nutritious.
  • Local food offers better value for your money. You pay for freshness and taste, not packaging, refrigeration and freight.
  • Connections to local farms assure that more people in a community have access to culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food through local non-emergency sources.

Supports the Local Economy

  • Local farms mean more local jobs for local people.
  • The economic “multiplier effect” (the number of times a single dollar is circulated in a community) is higher for family farms than other business sectors.
  • Every dollar is turned over up to five times when farmers buy supplies, equipment, fuel.
  • When you buy directly from farmers, the farm family receives more of the food dollars spent.
  • The more farms, the more economic opportunity for people in rural communities.
  • Suppliers, processors, distributors and retailers all benefit from diverse local agriculture.
  • Owner-operated farms offer individuals self-employment and business management opportunities.
  • When you buy local, your money stays local.

Preserves Bio-Diversity, Open Space, Rural Aesthetics and a Cleaner Environment

  • Diversity of farms and cropping systems contributes to biological diversity.
  • Well-managed farms contributes to an aesthetically-pleasing rural landscape.
  • Keeping local farms in business preserves open space and wildlife habitat.
  • Farms help maintain high water quality by reducing water run-off.
  • Fuel consumption is lowered when food is purchased locally.
  • Air quality is higher when fuel usage is reduced.

Sustains Heritage, Tradition, Community and Quality of Life

  • Farms enhance our quality of life.
  • Farms often provide recreational opportunities.
  • Agriculture preserves our heritage and enhances our community experience.
  • Farms contribute more in taxes than they cost in services.

Maintains Diversity of Farm Size, Crops and Marketing

  • A broad spectrum of farms translates into diversity of ownership, cropping systems, landscapes, biological organization, culture, and traditions.
  • A diversity of farms contributes to a healthy, vibrant agricultural economy.