Why Buy Local and Fresh in Pottstown and Boyertown?
- The taste :: Local foods taste better because they are in-season, recently harvested and didn’t have to travel far to get to our plates.
- It’s better for you :: Fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.
- Preserves genetic diversity :: In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment. Only a handful of varieties of fruits and vegetables meet those rigorous demands, so there is little genetic diversity in the plants grown. Local farms, in contrast, grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors, and the best flavors.
- GMO-free :: Although biotechnology companies have been trying to commercialize genetically modified fruits and vegetables, they are currently licensing them only to large factory-style farms. Local farmers don’t have access to genetically modified seed, and most of them wouldn’t use it even if they could.
- Supports local farm families :: With fewer than 1 million Americans now listing farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middle man and get full retail price for their crops.
- Helps build a stronger community :: When you buy direct from the farmer, you are re-establishing a time-honored connection between the eater and the grower.
- Preserves open space :: As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increases, selling farmland for development becomes less likely. The rural landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable.
- Helps build local economy :: A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. All that extra money circulating in your neck of the woods translates into better schools, safer streets, and nicer parks. Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas suburban development costs more than it generates in taxes.
- Supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife :: A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. Good stewards of the land grow cover crops to prevent erosion and replace nutrients used by their crops. Cover crops also capture carbon emissions and help combat global warming.
- Local food is about the future :: By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, so that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful, and abundant food.
Ways to Buy Locally Grown
There is no strict definition for mileage of local food, but generally anything grown within a 50- to 100-mile radius is considered local. The best source for this is your local farmers’ market. There you will find veggies, fruits, meats, and cheeses, and you’ll get to buy them from the hands that picked, dug, fed, or cultured them. Depending on what you’re buying, the price may be higher or lower than you will pay in a supermarket, but it will always be fresher and tastier.
Shop a Farmer’s Market
Join a Community Supported Agriculture and Farm Share (CSA)
Visit a Farm Stand
Visit a Local Winery
Look for Local Products in Stores
Patronize Restaurants that use Local Grown Foods
Where to Buy Local and Fresh in the Pottstown and Boyertown Areas?
Butter Valley Harvest, Bally – a variety of lettuces and herbs
Frecon Farms, Boyertown – Pick your own fruit (apples, cherries) and Hard Cider
Zerns Farmers Market and Auction, Gilbertsville
Boyertown Farmers Market, Boyertown
Clover Farm Meats, Gilbertsville
Burts Farms Meats, Gilbertsville – provides Black Angus beef cuts and smoked meats, along with deli foods
Pottstown Farmers Market, Pottstown
Shanesville Fruit Farm, Boyertown
Spotted Hill Farm, Boyertown – handcrafted, natural soaps, lotions, shampoo, and Beat It, Bug! Spray made from the highest quality ingredients
Oley Valley Organics, Oley – this roadside stand is known for their asparagus, strawberries and garlic
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