Why Buy Local
8 Reasons to Buy Local
Locally grown food tastes better.
Nothing tastes better than fresh flavourful produce. Purchasing local produce insures it’s at its freshest. At Heeman’s we pick each day and even label our strawberries with the exact time they were picked so you know it’s fresh! Studies that show the average distance some food travels from farm to fork 1,500 miles don’t apply here. You’re getting the best quality because it’s grown here for you!
Local produce is better for you.
Science has show that while fresh produce is great, it can lose nutrients fast. Purchasing food that's grown closer to home can limit the loss when you buy it fresh. It’s sad but some canned or frozen foods are more nutritious than ‘fresh’ produce because all the good stuff didn’t get lost of the truck or shelf. Be conscious of this when you’re buying for your family.
Local food puts flavor first.
Strawberries are meant to be sweet and delicious, they are not meant to be as big as an apple with no taste. When foreign strawberry growers pick their strawberry varieties they look at size, shipability, colour, smell, and taste (often in that order). When we pick our strawberry varieties we only care about one thing, taste! Anyone can grow a strawberry but few can grow one as delicious as a local Heeman strawberry. Local producers don't have to worry about produce sitting on a truck for up to a week, which means we put priority on what matters most to you, the consumer.
Local food is naturally good.
There are lots of news stories about the latest genetically modified fruits and vegetables and it has people concerned. The companies that develop these new varieties license them to large factory-style farms. That means local farmers do not grow these types of produce for you, and we don’t know anyone farm that wants to either! Strawberries are sweet, delicious and nutritious just as they are, no need to mess with something so perfect. At Heeman’s we grow only the best tasting traditionally bred varieties for our berry fans.
Local food supports family farms.
With fewer than one million Americans now claiming farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed. And no wonder - commodity prices are at historic lows, often below the cost of production. The farmer now gets less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which means farm families can afford to stay on the farm, doing the work they love.
Local food builds community.
We have a saying here at Heeman’s, come shake the hand that feeds you. There is something to be said for meeting the people who are putting food on your table. We have a strong connection to our community and are very proud of the trust our community puts on us when they enjoy our produce. Coming to visit our farm puts in touch with the food process and gives you the opportunity to expose your children or grandchildren to nature and agriculture.
Local food supports a clean environment.
Local farmers have a special appreciation for because of the relationship they have with nature and the living they make off of her. Well-managed farms like those in our community have their own individual practices in place to protect and preserve the environment. On our farm we have a rigorous crop rotation program to replace nutrients used by our crops, drip irrigation to cut water usage by 75% and our cover crops also capture carbon emissions. These are just a few of the countless practices that local farms have in place to preserve the local environment.
Local food for Our Future.
There once was a time when more people lived on farms then in cities. While this is a distant memory you can help keep families like ours on the farm where we want to be. Supporting local farms ensures those families can continue to supply you with healthy, delicious food for the future.
For a local opinion on this local topic we have an article written by Denise Beatty who is a Public Health Nutritionist with the Perth Public Health Unit. She gives her thoughts on why she chooses local produce over food from places like Mexico or the USA. Read her thoughts here.