As part of our commitment to supporting your efforts to eat clean, whole foods, Pilates 1901 is offering a FREE Support Your Local Farmer Workshop on Thursday, April 27th at 630 pm with Food Enthusiasts Craig and Victorial Marcklinger. They will be detailing the benefits, how to’s and resources for eating locally.
In the meantime here are 10 reasons to eat local which is better for consumers, better for growers and better for the environment
Supports local farms: Buying local food keeps local farms healthy and creates local jobs at farms and in local food processing and distribution systems.
Boosts local economy: Food dollars spent at local farms and food producers stay in the local economy, creating more jobs at other local businesses.
Less travel: Local food travels much less distance to market than typical fresh or processed grocery store foods, therefore using less fuel and generating fewer greenhouse gasses.
Less waste: Because of the shorter distribution chains for local foods, less food is wasted in distribution, warehousing and merchandising
More freshness: Local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better, because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate, and therefore, loses fewer nutrients and incurs less spoilage.
New and better flavors: When you commit to buy more local food, you’ll discover interesting new foods, tasty new ways to prepare food and a new appreciation of the pleasure of each season’s foods.
Good for the soil: Local food encourages diversification of local agriculture, which reduces the reliance on monoculture—single crops grown over a wide area to the detriment of soils.
Attracts tourists: Local foods promote agritourism—farmers’ markets and opportunities to visit farms and local food producers help draw tourists to a region.
Preserves open space: Buying local food helps local farms survive and thrive, keeping land from being redeveloped into suburban sprawl.
Builds more connected communities: Local foods create more vibrant communities by connecting people with the farmers and food producers who bring them healthy local foods. As customers of CSAs and farmers markets have discovered, they are great places to meet and connect with friends as well as farmers.
Join us Thursday, April 27th at 630 pm at Pilates 1901 for this informative and worthwhile workshop. It’s Free!