April 21, 2015

Support Local Farms

What keeps this…

from becoming this?

You do.

Here are 8 things you can do to support local farming:

1. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm. Buy a share of the harvest at the beginning of the season and pick up fresh food once a week at its peak harvest time. What could be easier?

2. Go meet a farmer. Farmers markets enable farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer. Buy at your local farmers market or farm stand, or pick-your-own farms.

3. Ask for locally grown food and/or plants wherever you eat or shop. Keep asking. Explain why locally grown is better for the community, better for the environment and better for you.

4. Share the Bounty: There are hungry families amongst us. Buy a share in a CSA farm and donate it to Share the Bounty, which provides healthy locally grown food to local food pantries.

5. Become a member of Berkshire Grown. You will receive important information, newsletters and invitations to Berkshire Grown events like farm tours, community forums, restaurant tastings and other great things. Here is how you join and/or how to make a contribution to support our hard work.

6. Support Berkshire Grown member restaurants, stores, and inns. You can find a list of them on Map-o-licious.

7. Share the word. Invite your friends and neighbors over for an “eat locally” grown dinner.

8. Shop differently. Plan your meals around a farmer’s harvest.