The average farm size in Massachusetts is 67 acres, which is less than a quarter of the national average. These are not large industrialized farms, they are small family owned farms, run by hard working neighbors, and they play a significant role in our local economy generating millions of dollars in sales and employing thousands of Massachusetts residents. For every dollar you spend with a local, family owned operation, you need to spend three dollars with a big box chain store to have the same local economic impact and job creation.
Local economy is not the only consideration, what about our environment? We have nearly 600,000 acres in farm land in Massachusetts, this is land managed by farmers who care about soil conservation, and maintaining the productive quality of that soil. Farms require less infrastructure, they maintain open spaces within our community, they maximize water usage, build crop and insect diversity, and create borders for wildlife. The carbon footprint of your food is lowered by reducing the distance food travels, but by eating seasonal, organic, minimally processed, and minimally packaged food you amplify the benefit and make a significant impact.
So, buy local, know where your food is from. Grocery stores have become complex labeling and branding landscapes, and the fresh produce section is the most vague, least labelled in the whole store. Eating whole, minimally processed foods, from healthy local farms, delivered fresh, helps improve your health and wellness, and reduces the distance from field to table. It's fresher, it's tastier, it's that simple.
If you show where you live some love, you will be rewarded with a healthier community, a healthier environment, and healthier, fresher, tastier food.