No matter what challenges the farmers I talked to faced, they were 100% glad they chose farming as their way of life. Their goal is to get you to be as passionate about their products as they are. Here are some reasons for supporting the farms of southern Rhode Island.
1. Locally grown food tastes better and lasts longer. There’s a reason chefs look to farms in the area to provide them with products.
2. Local food is better for you. The shortened length of time between farm and table means fewer nutrients are lost in transit. Also, building relationships with farmers gives you more information about your food (whether it’s organic, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, etc.).
3. Local food helps diversify your diet. Eating seasonally means you get fresh greens and strawberries in the spring, tomatoes and sweet corn in the summer, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage in the fall, and potatoes, beets and winter squash in the winter.
4. You’re supporting local farmers and helping them stay in business. Instead of buying from a national corporation, you will be supporting a family in your community.
5. It helps strengthen the local economy. Buying local keeps your food dollars circulating right here in southern Rhode Island.
6. It protects the environment. When your food doesn’t have to travel so far, you reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut the amount of materials used to ship it.
7. Local food protects our future. Buying locally-grown food helps keep farms in business, which protects the land from development and ensures future generations will have access to locally grown food.