5 Reasons to Buy Local Food


I grew up eating fresh produce and now that I have my own home I try to always buy local food when I can. Almost year round I have home or farm grown food in the house. Family or farmers markets around town are where I go first and I only occasionally buy fresh meat and produce from grocery chains. Today I wanted to share the five reasons to buy local food.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

Growing up I didn’t understand the reasons to buy local food, but the practice helped me understand and appreciate fresh produce and the impact our food has on our environment.

The Reasons to Buy Local Food

There are so many more reasons to buy local food that I have listed here. Buying local food is good for people; it is good for health, and it is also good for the environment. If you are still not sure of the benefits of the local food movement, here are five great reasons to consider.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

1. The Taste is Better

A store bought tomato or bushel of berries tastes nothing like one grown in your own backyard or from a local farmer. Am I right or what? Being a foodie, I appreciate taste and freshness, so I make a point to buy my produce at the market whenever I can. In fact, when I travel, I find myself wandering over to the local markets and it is a great way to eat fresh while also saving more money at the end of the trip. On my trip to Slovenia, I got a big bag of fresh cherries at a market for a few Euros and it was the perfect summer road trip snack. A lot of towns and cities around the world have large farmers markets to help local farmers sell their produce which is money in both of our pockets!

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.
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2. The Produce is Fresher

When it comes down to freshness, who is to say the food sitting in stores hasn’t been there for days under poor conditions? If you find yourself without a green thumb and a local farmers’ market, try your hand there. You will see and taste the difference immediately. Growing or buying locally ensures that your produce has been treated properly and doesn’t waste time sitting in loading trucks and shelves for who knows how long.

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Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

3. There is Less Packaging

There are times where a lot of people say that shopping at farmers’ markets and eating locally helps save the environment. But how exactly? First off, it is encouraged, if not sometimes necessary, at local markets that people bring their own bags to help reduce the use of plastic bags. I can buy the exact amount I want and put it in my own bags. This world doesn’t need anymore plastic waste. And most of the times, the vendors won’t have any kind of hazardous bags to use – they tend to sell reusable bags at most markets, if you don’t have your own!

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.
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Next, there a way less packaging that has to go around just for holding produce in place on shelves or keeping them “fresh.” Some suppliers use plastic wrap to keep insects off of fruit or to help “preserve” it – there are a ton of ways to keep food fresh, but they insist on using that more times than not. Not to mention, the food you buy locally probably didn’t have to travel as far or use semi-trucks to transport produce as grocery stores usually do. Yes, they may be brought over by trucks, but it is less of a carbon footprint than a big-rig used by supermarkets.

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4. It Creates Local Jobs

Buying local also helps the local economy and rural business owners (i.e. farmers, ranchers, etc.) so they can upkeep the guarantee of fresh and healthy crops. This will aid in creating local jobs and can really help out your neighbours. These markets and local shopping is also a great way of getting the community to rally together and create a more tight-knit environment. And when you live in an area whose values are dependent on the vitality of the community, the more you will probably love and appreciate living there.

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Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

5. It is Fun!

My favorite reason for going to my farmers market (or really any farmers market!) is simply that it is so dang fun! The experience of going is nothing like what we are used to anymore in our modern world. It connects us to the farmers who are growing the produce and we are also able to talk to locals who may have insight on where to get the best cheese or bread from, too! This is especially helpful if you are in another country and need to know who has something that you just have to try or if they make a local delicacy! It really forces you to connect with others and get outside of your comfort zone if this is something you’re not used to. And I kind of think of it like the gym sometimes – I will never regret going! It is an experience every time I go and it helps me see and appreciate the effort it takes to create quality products that are here for our health and benefit.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

If you haven’t been to your local farmers market, look some up near you and try this new experience. They usually happen on weekends and tend to always have something going on – whether it is a freebie for the kiddos or a deal on bouquets of flowers! Test it out and you will see and taste the difference the moment you bite into that fresh strawberry!

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares 5 reason to buy local food. Sustainability is something that you can practice every day.

What are your reasons to buy local food?


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16 Comments

  1. ashlybby wrote:

    We love buying local. We have so many great farms here in Louisiana that produce so many delicious fruits, veggies and dairy products.

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  2. Michael Oyco wrote:

    Hopefully more will do these and especially this season because we need to support the small businesses. hard times.. hard times..

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  3. I definitely prefer to buy local food. You’re lucky though as I think you’re in an area with a much longer growing season that we have here in Chicago. In the summer time I do buy local, but in the winter time it’s not always local though. I’m trying to be better.

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  4. Local food is the best! We have a farmer’s market but I don’t know if it will open this year because of covid.

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  5. Renata wrote:

    I just love going to the market if just for the vibe only 🙂

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  6. Maartje van Sandwijk wrote:

    Wish I could buy more local food but the UK imports to much!

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  7. Norma Nikutowski wrote:

    Wow how interesting. I would love to buy more local food!

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  8. World in Eyes wrote:

    This blog is quite much helpful and informative..i know the value of local food and had much information but your blog increases my knowledge…Thanks for sharing..

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  9. Alexis wrote:

    Local food is amazing. I love shopping local to support my community and local farmers.

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  10. Chad wrote:

    yep, I can’t agree more with you! We have been buying local food for over 5 years now…

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  11. I buy local food as much as possible! Supporting my community is important and the produce is fresher and healthier.

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  12. Shishira Navneeth wrote:

    So true! We always eat at the local places and but things at a local market while travelling!

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  13. TweenselMom wrote:

    I agree with all these reasons! I usually prefer local food more than imported food, as they’re fresher.

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  14. Monidipa Dutta wrote:

    Even I agree with this because I also buy local food… I am supporting helping everyone I can….

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  15. Sushmita Malakar wrote:

    Absolutely! I think going to the local farmers market is the best thing you can do to support local! Wonderful post 🙂

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  16. aisasami wrote:

    Here in Japan, most of the food is locally grown. On the price sticker, you can see where the food comes from. Japanese take a lot of pride of local food.

    Posted 6.13.20 Reply

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