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Did you know? It’s good to buy local!

June 3, 2011

If you are buying your food at the typical grocery store (Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target, Meijer,  Hilander, etc…) only 3.5 cents per dollar actually goes to the farmers who produced the food item. The rest of the money goes to the suppliers, processors, middlemen & marketers. No wonder farmers have to over- produce their crops; it is the only way they can make a buck!

Buying your food from a local food co-op will allow at least 50 cents of every dollar to go to the farmers who are producing it.

Buying directly from farmers, whether at the farm, through a CSA or at a farmer’s market allows at least 80 cents of every dollar to go directly to the farmers.

**A typical carrot purchased in the state of Indiana has traveled approximately 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.

Support farmers. Support good food. Support your local economy.  Become a locavore today!

P.S. This is a summary of helpful information found on the wall in the loo of my local co-op, Bloomingfoods!

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