Local Food is Essential

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Shoppers have the power to build a strong, vibrant local food system by choosing to eat locally grown, raised, and produced items. By taking our pledge to eat local, you are committing to level up your local food consumption, whether that means cooking one locally sourced meal a month, making more trips to the farmers market, signing up for a CSA, visiting a “pick your own” farm, or adding a locally grown or made item to your grocery cart.

Local Food is Essential is here to introduce you to the farmers and food makers who are behind our region’s vibrant local food scene and to give you tips and resources on how you can eat more local food!

We believe that local food is essential.

It is essential to our local economy, to the health of our communities
and to the environment.

“It’s important to help local farmers because they count on that income. Not all of us are tech-savvy to be able to adopt new online sales platforms, so shopping from small farmers at markets and through CSA’s is really important. Small farmers protect land from development and are good for the environment with sustainable farming practices.”

Mhonpaj Lee, Mhonpaj’s Garden
Giving Opportunity to local farmers so they can provide food security to your community

All of us have seen disruptions in the food supply chain due to COVID-19.  Maybe this looks like eggs and meat not being available at the supermarket, your local farmers market shutting down or your favorite restaurant closing.  While the complex national food supply chain has faltered, your local farmers have been working overtime to ensure a diverse food selection remains available.  At the same time farmers are providing this essential service they are facing enormous economic instability as their traditional markets shift, and sometimes close altogether.  Buying locally produced food keeps local farms strong so they can make sure you always have access to the food you need.

Click here to find local food in MN and WI

“We’re trying to serve the land and serve people by giving them the best nourishment to help their bodies and their whole selves. Support from the community is really, really important to us in practical ways but also in an emotional way. Farming is hard, but it makes a big difference to feel like our community believes in what we are doing and thinks it’s worthwhile.”

Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Auntie Annie’s Farm
Reducing your environmental impact

Local food has to travel fewer miles from the farm to your kitchen. This means you can reduce your environmental impact while getting the freshest food possible, through simply changing how you purchase food.

Click here to take the eat local pledge

“Local food is good – good to support your community and your local farmers”

Moses Momanyi, Dawn2Dusk Farms
Investing in your local economy

Spending your money with local farmers means that money stays within your local economy – supporting other local businesses and jobs. This allows you to amplify the effects of your money, creating a more robust and resilient local economy.

Click here to learn about food equity

Click here to purchase Local Food is Essential merchandise

“It’s important to help local farmers because they count on that income. Not all of us are tech-savvy to be able to adopt new online sales platforms, so shopping from small farmers at markets and through CSA’s is really important. Small farmers protect land from development and are good for the environment with sustainable farming practices.”

Mhonpaj Lee, Mhonpaj’s Garden
Giving Opportunity to local farmers so they can provide food security to your community

All of us have seen disruptions in the food supply chain due to COVID-19.  Maybe this looks like eggs and meat not being available at the supermarket, your local farmers market shutting down or your favorite restaurant closing.  While the complex national food supply chain has faltered, your local farmers have been working overtime to ensure a diverse food selection remains available.  At the same time farmers are providing this essential service they are facing enormous economic instability as their traditional markets shift, and sometimes close altogether.  Buying locally produced food keeps local farms strong so they can make sure you always have access to the food you need.

Click here to find local food in MN and WI

“We’re trying to serve the land and serve people by giving them the best nourishment to help their bodies and their whole selves. Support from the community is really, really important to us in practical ways but also in an emotional way. Farming is hard, but it makes a big difference to feel like our community believes in what we are doing and thinks it’s worthwhile.”

Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Auntie Annie’s Farm
Reducing your environmental impact

Local food has to travel fewer miles from the farm to your kitchen. This means you can reduce your environmental impact while getting the freshest food possible, through simply changing how you purchase food.

Click here to take the eat local pledge

“Local food is good – good to support your community and your local farmers”

Moses Momanyi, Dawn2Dusk Farms
Investing in your local economy

Spending your money with local farmers means that money stays within your local economy – supporting other local businesses and jobs. This allows you to amplify the effects of your money, creating a more robust and resilient local economy.

Click here to learn about food equity

Click here to purchase Local Food is Essential merchandise

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