The food we find in the grocery store has traveled, on average, 4,500 km to get to us. This means extensive use of fossil fuels, decreased transparency, and dismally low nutrition levels in much of our food. As soon as a vegetable is picked, the nutrient levels start to decrease. When you buy local food it is as fresh as it gets. Instead of being picked green and spending days or weeks in transport, our veggies are harvested at peak ripeness and often only a few hours before it makes it into your hands. Fresh food is healthy food, and in a world full of processed food-like substances we could use all the help we can get in finding the produce that's actually worth eating! Eating local also helps us reconnect with the seasons and means that we get to taste the full flavour of homegrown produce at its peak.
Where we spend our money has great power to change the communities we live in. Buying local keeps our dollars in the local economy and provides the demand and support needed to create, and keep, good jobs here in our own communities. We can help provide jobs for not only the farmers, but also for other local businesses like retailers, processors, and manufacturers. Another advantage to supporting local farms is you are helping to preserve agricultural land by allowing farmers to keep working the land instead of having to sell to developers.
Many people suggest that buying local can actually be better than simply buying organic, because it affects so many different spheres and has such a positive impact on our communities. At Bumble Beets Farm we are both organic and local, the best of both worlds.