Mission and Philosophy


Seacoast Eat Local cultivates a thriving food economy by building bridges between regional food producers and consumers.


The Seacoast Region will have a vibrant, diverse community of successful farms and food producers and ever-expanding access for consumers.

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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