The Many Benefits Of Choosing To Eat Local
Eating local helps to feed the many hungry people right here in and around our city. One of the greatest joys of our week is the hundreds of pounds of food that we are able to donate to Farm Share. This is such a great company that shares our passion for those in need. They are able to ensure that this food is distributed without fees of any kind to agencies such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food banks, churches, and more right here in our community. We believe that we have been blessed with the opportunity to be able to help those who have the least in our community. We pride ourselves in being a company with a heart for giving.
Supports your local farmers. We are blessed with some of the best small family farms here in and around Jacksonville. Farmers that deal with all of the different elements from high heat, hard freezes and torrential down pours and are still dedicated enough to keep on producing these amazing crops. We are so thankful for all that they do and believe that it is our duty to support them for choosing to do it the right way.
Local food is better for you. So most of us know the difference in flavor when biting into something fresh out of the field versus fresh off the shelf. But did you know that as soon as a vegetable or fruit is harvested it starts to lose natural vitamins and nutrients? So the sooner you can eat something the more that your body will actually get out of it.
Good for the environment. Cuts down your carbon footprint by having less miles on your plate. Eating local means less transportation by getting your from food right here in our region instead of something traveling halfway around the world before it finally makes it to your table.
It gives you peace of mind of knowing where your food comes from, when it was harvested and how it was grown. Think about it. In a day and age where we have so much information right at our fingertips, it is still a struggle to know where that head of lettuce on the shelf at the supermarket is actually from, much less how it was grown.
Saves you time and money. No more gassing up your vehicle, driving to the store and standing in line just to get something that is overpriced and already on the way out. Your customizable local bounty will just show up on your door step just picked with recipes available to show you how to use it.
Boosts our local economy. Eating local is great for your health but it also keeps your money right here in our community. Whether it be one of our many local farmers or producers or our dedicated staff members we strive to support and grow the local market. We work hard to make sure that the ones who produce the food rather than those who market, distribute and label it earn what is rightfully theirs.
Take a stand and send a message by supporting your local farmers. Help ensure that there will be local produce available for future generations in our area. Send a message to the big food corporations that you would rather eat real food rather than something mass produced, genetically modified and laced with preservatives.