Why Buy Regionally

  • The average American meal today journeys more than 1,500 miles from where it was grown to the store where it’s bought. Distance affects cost and freshness.
  • Greenhouse gases emitted during food transport contribute to climate change. Buying regionally means produce is fresher when its grown closer, which improves its taste and nutritional value.
  • Because the food we eat is heavily mass-produced and transported, the origins of E. coli cannot always be pinpointed in time to prevent human illness. Long travel times increase the chance of bacterial growth where it does exist. Produce purchased seasonally and regionally means that, in most cases, it can be prepared and served within 48 hours of harvest. The result is healthier communities and customers.
  • Do you really want to eat a fruit or vegetable picked green, trucked thousands of miles and force-ripened in a warehouse? We didn’t think so.
  • Buying regionally ensures the sustainability of Southern farms and family traditions.