Duncan Family Farms Local provides us with a direct link to the people who live in our community and the ability to continue with educational outreach. Duncan Family Farms’ legacy is rooted in teaching others about sustainable farming practices. Through our Farmers Market and CSA program we can capture those teaching moments and demonstrate the benefits of eating locally. Most importantly, we get to know the people enjoying the food we grow!
- Locally grown produce is fresher – produce that you purchase at your local farmer’s market has often been picked within 24 hours of your purchase. This freshness not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time.
- Connects you with a community of people that celebrate eating well and living green.
- Peace of mind, knowing you support local, organic farming that’s good for you and good for our Earth.
- By purchasing directly from the farm, your entire food dollar goes into the local economy, supports farm families and ecologically sound farming practices. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
- Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive.
- You know where your food comes from. Whether it’s the farmer who brings local apples to market or the baker who makes local bread, knowing part of the story about your food is such a powerful part of enjoying a meal.
- Local food translates to more variety. When a farmer is producing food that will not travel a long distance, will have a shorter shelf life, and does not have a high-yield demand, the farmer is free to try small crops of various fruits and vegetables that would probably never make it to a large supermarket. Supermarkets are interested in selling “Name brand” fruit: Romaine Lettuce, Red Delicious Apples, Russet Potatoes. Local producers often play with their crops from year to year, trying out Little Gem Lettuce, Senshu Apples, and Chieftain Potatoes.
- Supporting local providers supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with local open space – farms and pastures – an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.