Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture, and economy. Through advocacy, organizing, and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Our work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, producing a local food guide (Seacoast Harvest), operating the Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM), sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through our email newsletter, blog and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org
The Seacoast Region will have a vibrant and diverse community of thriving, sustainable local farms, farm-friendly communities and an expanding circle of passionate consumers who eat locally-grown food all year long.
Why eat local?
- Eating locally means more money stays within our community and supports our local economy. Farmer’s receive a greater proportion of the price.
- Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. Since it doesn’t have to be bred for long-distance shipping and rough handling, local produce can fully ripen, making it much more flavorful.
- Eating locally reduces your second-hand consumption of fossil fuels. The average American meal travels an estimated 1500 miles from farm to plate.
- Supporting local agriculture supports responsible land development. When you buy local, you give those with open space – farms and pastures – an economic reason to stay open and undeveloped.
adapted from “10 Reasons to Eat Local Food” Jennifer Maiser, Eat Local Challenge
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