Our choices matter.
Keep Value in the Local Economy
Buying local is about more than where we spend our dollars. It’s about supporting what we value in our community, such as fair pay, sustainable agriculture, healthy food, and strong local economies.
Build Community Resilience
Buying local supports a diversity of innovative and interdependent businesses that make it possible for communities to survive and thrive in both good times and bad.
Strengthen Community Ties
Purchasing products made or grown by our neighbors builds relationships that strengthen the economy while creating opportunities for greater civic engagement.
Create the Food System We Want
When we get local, we exercise our power to change the food system to one that is more transparent and more supportive of our farms, workers, environment, and entire community.
Celebrate Local Character and Heritage
Buying local ensures that our farms and local businesses remain vibrant and productive and contributes to preserving our scenic landscape and unique culture.
How can you shape our region’s food system?
Share your experiences. You can support our region’s farms and local food system just by talking about your experiences. Share your food and farm experiences through conversation, via social media, or by inviting others to meet you at a farmers market or join you on next year’s Farm Tour You’ll help others learn about farming in our region and expand the community of supporters.
Ask questions. If you want to know more about where your food comes from, who is growing it, or how it is grown, ask farmers or ask the businesses where you shop and dine. Do you have preferences for what and how you want food to be grown? Let them know.
Ask for local food. Let grocery stores and restaurants know that there is demand for food grown locally. If you’re not sure whether produce or farm products are local, just ask! Speaking up encourages food buyers to source and stock more local foods.
Connect with farms. ASAP’s Local Food Guide is a great resource for finding farmers markets, farm stands, u-picks, farm lodging, farms to visit, and so much more.