Why buy locally?

By Environment Services

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018

There are many reasons why someone should try and purchase locally grown products. Most importantly, it allows for that money to stay in the area and help local producers. When products are purchased locally it results in a higher quality and often fresher food due to the fact that it doesn’t have to travel as far to get to the consumer. Food grown locally is also better for the environment as there are fewer transportation emissions, refrigeration requirements and processing associated with its distribution.

In our community, there are a few options available to purchase locally. Pembroke hosts a weekly farmers market on Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm where local homegrown and homemade products are available. This market is located on the corner of Lake Street and Victoria Street. Another option is the Ottawa Valley Food Co-op. They provide a sustainable food system that connects local farmers and producers with the consumer. This is done through an online ordering system with a monthly delivery. Please visit their website for further information. http://www.ottawavalleyfood.org/

Community Supported Agriculture or CSA, is another way to support the local farmers. Typically the consumer will pay a one-time fee prior to the growing season to help the farmer determine how much should be planted. During the growing season CSA baskets are typically available for pick-up on a weekly basis. This program cuts down on waste as the local producer knows prior to the growing season how many baskets they will need to produce for the season.

Every CSA is different so please try and locate one in your area that fits your needs. Often CSA providers will allow the consumer to come and visit their farm to find out more about where their food is coming from. Typically, they should also provide an idea of what products you could be receiving during the different growing seasons.