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Find Local Food: A Guide to Buying Local Organic Produce
The relationship between consuming organic produce and being able to find local food is very important.
When it comes to eating a fully organic or mostly organic diet, many people think it is out of their reach due to financial limitations. While it is true that organic food can be pricier than its conventional counterparts, that is not always the case, especially when it comes to buying organic produce.
Much of the time, your local supermarket will have great deals on organic produce. But, one of the best ways to save money on organic produce and comfortably afford to buy organic food on nearly any budget is to shop local.
Shopping local is not only helping support your local farmers and businesses, but you are also going to find some excellent deals. Not to mention the fact fresh local produce is going to taste so much better than food that has been sitting on a truck for days to weeks during shipping. It will feel so much fresher, have more nutrients, and you know precisely the origins of your fruits and veggies.
However, if you are not sure where to start when it comes to finding local food, we have put together a simple guide to buying local organic produce to help you get started.
Find local food signs in the supermarket.
The next time you have to go food shopping for the week, take a look around the produce section. You are sure to find plenty of clues that indicate which produce options are local. Some signs will often say “local” on the sign or tag, so you can easily see which options are from farms near you.
Locating these signs is one of the easiest ways you can find local food because you don’t have to do much. Buy as much organic produce from the store as possible to get farmers info and contact them.
Find local organic farms to buy from directly
Another great option that is even more budget-friendly is to find a local organic farm and buy your produce directly from the farmers. By cutting out the middle-man, aka the supermarket, you are going to get better pricing and more bang for your buck.
Following this advice has many benefits:
One, it will get you to speak with the farmer growing your food
Two, it will allow you to see where the produce is coming from, ask about their growing methods, etc..
Three, you will feel safe and comfortable knowing your local organic food and produce is going to be free from harmful pesticides, chemicals, and herbicides is a plus.
Seek out local farm stands and farmers markets
Local farmers markets and pop-up farm stands on the side of the road is another excellent option for finding local food. These are great because you can pull up your car, load some bags with all of the products, and you will be on your way in no time.
Again, this is another incredibly budget-friendly option where the prices can be even lower than buying from a local organic farm. Many times, you can also get lucky and find even more food options besides produce. Finding local food like eggs, meat, honey, jams, breads, and so much more are often available as well.
In the end, it is essential to buy organic food, but it is even more important to find natural produce options that come from local farms and sources. Not only are you going to save a ton of money, but you will be helping support your local farms and businesses who need it the most.