The cost of nearly everything is rising and our farmers are feeling the pinch too. However, by supporting local farms and farmers, you might be able to save a few pennies – and enjoy some delicious foods.
Supporting local farms and farmers is something that is close to our heart – and our mission here at Fresh Forward. By talking to some of our partners, we know that the cost of everything — fertilizer, seed, water, fuel – means higher prices for you, the customer.
One of our farmers recently told us that the cost of fertilizer nearly doubled this year, from $600 a ton to $1000 a ton!
Inflation is something we can’t control, but we do know this: Buying directly from local farmers (at farm stands or farmer’s markets) can help save you, the consumer, some money.
How? It’s something called food miles. So, what are food miles and what do they have to do with supporting local farms and farmers? In a nutshell, food miles are basically the distance your food has to travel from where it’s grown to where it’s purchased or consumed. The more food miles something has, the more expensive it’s likely to be – and also, it’s less sustainable and not as environmentally friendly.
By cutting your food miles, you will likely save a little bit of money.
It can be difficult to reduce your food miles in the winter, we know. But in the spring and summer, it gets easier to reduce your food miles and get some great, fresh, locally grown produce to feed your family.
So, as the seasons change from winter to spring and spring to summer, make sure you get out there and do your part by supporting local farms and farmers.
At Fresh Forward, feeding families is our passion. We work with local farmers to get the best, and freshest, produce on your family’s table. Ask your favorite grocery store, farm stand or produce market to carry Fresh Forward products.
Learn more about the Fresh Forward mission here.