Agriculture is important to Delaware’s economy; markets and CSAs as well as community gardens are important to communities for small business and economic development, tourism, healthy food access, and provide spaces to gather within the community.
- Locally grown or produced food tastes better and is better for you. According to a study from The Worldwatch Institute, most food travels over 1,500 mile from farm to plate. During this transport food can loose much of its nutrients, freshness and vitality. Locally grown food is more crisp, sweet, flavorful and fresh.
- Local food offers greater variety. Local farms grow large varieties of produce, including unique heirloom varieties.
- Locally grown food supports farmers and communities. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food. This means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love. Local food also helps cultivate relationships between farmers and consumers, and gives consumers the opportunity to learn about how their food is grown.
- Local food preserves open space and supports a clean environment. As the value of direct-marketed fruits and vegetables increases, the pressures to sell farmland for development become less likely. Not only does farmland preservation support small growth, but a well-managed family farm conserves fertile soil and clean water and protects wildlife.From the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture
For information on Farmer’s Markets and CSA opportunities near you visit: http://dda.delaware.gov/marketing/delaware_farmers_markets.shtml, or http://www.localharvest.org/csa/