Farming makes up a huge part of the economy and jobs in Alabama. Our state and local economies depend on our farmers. Living in Alabama, we have many great opportunities to eat locally and benefit from what’s around us. Our state boasts peaches, apples, nectarines, plums, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, kale, sweet potatoes, and so much more! If you’ve never considered buying local, now is the time to try! Everyone can benefit from buying local produce and supporting local farmers.
Help the Farmers
Eating local directly impacts the local farmer. Buying directly from them cuts out the middleman of the typical grocer so the profits go directly to the person who grew the produce. This allows for more money to be circulated throughout the economy of your local community. With this money, the farmer can keep his or her land and doesn’t have to fear that it could be bought by a larger developer. Their land can be kept in their family to benefit the community for years and years to come. When you’re conscious of how you spend your money, you can positively impact the local economy.
When you buy local, the food is at its freshest. The food is grown in your area, so it doesn’t have to be shipped from out of the state. Most produce at the grocery store is not locally-grown. Food at your farmers market is fresh and picked at peak ripeness. The food picked fresh from local farms usually tastes better. Alabama farmers work hard to produce quality fruits and vegetables to bring to your table.
When you buy local, you can also explore the variety of your local environment. While visiting your local farmer’s market, you can learn what is in season in your area. There’s always something new to discover at the farmer’s market, which can be exciting for young children to learn about.
Connect with your Community
Another benefit of buying food locally is that you’re able to connect with your farmers. Being able to make a connection with the person that grew your food is priceless. When you are able to interact with your farmer you can ask them questions about how they grow their food. Create this connection with your local farmers; it will make an impact on the community and benefit those around you.