Buying Direct from the Farmer


Free trade means that producers have to contend with increased competition from farmers all over the world. Ironically, it also means that the retailers and other farm product buyers with market power can continue to consolidate in order to reduce competition.

Businesses that buy farm products have consolidated to the point were few major players hold a great deal of buying power. If they don't want to pay the local price for a farm product, they can source it from somewhere else. If they don't want to deal with several family farms or smaller processors, they can choose to buy from larger farms and processors in other states, countries, or continents. Do you know how far the average retail food product has traveled? One study suggests ed meat averaged 20,400 km (12,675 miles) from farm gate to the grocery store.1

There Are Many Good Reasons To Buy Fresh & Buy Local :


You'll get exceptional taste and freshness!


Locally grown food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.


You'll strengthen your local economy!


Buying direct from the farmer keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.


You'll support endangered family farms!


There's never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. On average, farmers receive only 14.6 cents of every consumer dollar for their work. The remaining 85+ cents goes to packaging, transportation, processing, wholesaling & food preparation. Buying locally keeps your food dollars invested in your community and local farms.


You'll safeguard your family's health!


Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, or sub-therapeutic antibiotics in their operations. Buy food directly from local farmers you trust.


You'll protect the environment!


Local food doesn't have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.
When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.


 1Weber, Christopher & Matthews, H.. (2008). Food-Miles and The Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States. Environmental science & technology. 42. 3508-13. 10.1021/es702969f.




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