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How can we support local food producers?

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of people growing their own food over the last few years. This is a really positive step on so many levels. For those who are unable to grow their own the next best thing is to support local food producers. Here are some ways we can do this.

Buy Directly from a local farmer/grower/food producer

Buying from local farmers, growers, farmers markets, fishermen or artisans is a great way to support the local economy and  keeps money circulating in the community. This, in turn, can support job creation.

Buying direct and paying in cash means the food producer can retain more profit from the sale.

By choosing local producers that produce natural healthy products and use environmentally friendly techniques, you are benefiting your immune system and the soils ecosystem.

Buying direct means that the food is fresher and very often tastier. It also helps build strong community connections where consumers can interact directly with the people who grow their food. This builds trust, transparency, and appreciation for the work and dedication of local producers.

Planning meals around what’s available and in season increases awareness of food cycles and encourages a deeper connection with the land.

Supporting local producers reduces reliance on external sources and the community becomes less vulnerable to disruptions in the global food supply chain.

Buying direct reduces the environmental impact associated with long-distance transportation and the waste that can be associated with long supply chains.

Buy and request locally produced foods at shops and supermarket

Another way to support local food producers is to buy locally produced foods at shops and supermarkets. By consciously choosing these products, you send a message to retailers that there is a demand. By actively requesting that retailers stock more locally produced foods  you can play a role in creating a market for local producers within retail, increasing their visibility and accessibility to a wider consumer base.

Eat at restaurants that use locally produced food

Seeking out restaurants that support farm to table initiatives is a great way to support the local economy. As these restaurants use seasonal ingredients you can come across some very inventive seasonal menus showcasing what the region has on offer.

Tell your family and friends about your favourite food producers

Talking to family and friends about your favourite local food producers and farm to form restaurants can have a significant ripple effect inspiring others to support local and strengthening the community.

In summary supporting local food producers is a great way to strengthen the local economy and enhance community connections. Whether you do this through direct purchasing, restaurant choices, choosing and requesting more local options in shops or sharing information with others, each action contributes to a more resilient and interconnected local food system.

Photo by Shelley Pauls on Unsplash

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