Find Locally Grown Food
Finding Locally Grown Food
Experts suggest doing some research about local food to find a good match for your family and to compare prices. Buying locally grown food is not less expensive than shopping at the grocery store, but with some forethought, it doesn’t have to break the budget.
Experienced locavores offer the following suggestions for beginners who want to explore eating local food:
- Visit area farmers markets. Check out the vendors at area markets to compare prices and understand where the produce originates. Farmers sell directly to the public at these markets and, therefore, take home more of the proceeds. Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties all have markets.
- Explore Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA). A CSA is a partnership between farmers and community members. CSA farmers produce fresh vegetables, fruits and other products for members who pre-pay and commit to a full growing season. Members, in return, know the farmers and where their food supply originates. Deliveries are typically weekly. Pre-payment allows the farmer to use the cash for investment in the farm.
- Consider a food co-op. A food co-op is a collectively owned grocery store that is open to the public. Most frequently, a food co-op focuses on making natural foods more affordable for co-op members, who are part owners. There are a number of different styles of food co-ops, but all share the common values of group management and decision-making, social responsibility and equality. Towns of all sizes have food co-ops, ranging from very small to quite large, and it is usually easy to find a food co-op near you.
- Start your own sustainable agriculture with a garden in your own backyard!