Frequent a Farmers Market
A strong desire for local foods has led Duluth and surrounding communities to embrace regional food system investments. Buying from independent, locally owned food systems, rather than a nationally owned business, positively impacts you and your community. Buying locally significantly reduces food miles, which is the distance that the food you buy has traveled from the producer to be available in the shop in which you are buying it.
Frequenting a farmers market is a simple, yet effective, way to make a conscious effort in the reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
BENEFITS OF SHOPPING AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS:
- You’re investing in a local food system. A great way to support the local economy is to put your money directly back into it.
- Decrease typical packaging waste and energy consumption. You avoid the processing, packaging, heating, and refrigeration that transporting food long distances entails, all of which consume energy and contribute to air pollution.
- You’re eating in season. Farmers sell what they’re able to grow so what you get will be the freshest of what’s in season. You get ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.
- It saves you money. Buying directly from farmers cuts out the middlemen and transportation costs, helping you save money.
- You get to know your farmer. Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown.
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