Alex Jones, Farmstand Product Manager If you're receiving this email, you're probably pretty familiar with all the great reasons for buying local food: circulating dollars back into our regional economy; promoting sustainable diversified family farms, which, in turn keeps farmland intact. Buying local allows you to hold your farmers, distributors, and food sellers accountable for growing practices and animal welfare standards in a way that isn't possible with traditional grocery stores. And, most tangibly, fresh local food just tastes better.
Since 2004, the Fair Food Farmstand has been the kind of sustainable food business we encourage others to become. Last year, we sold nearly $1,000,000 in produce, dairy, artisan cheese, humanely raised meats, honeys, baked goods, and more from over 100 local farms and producers. Our suppliers share our conviction that the industrial food system is a broken one - and that an alternative that promotes healthy bodies, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy is the solution.
At the same time, the Farmstand does not fund all of Fair Food's programs and services: we rely on grants and donations to sustain our organization. Contributions from supporters like you allow us to continue connecting Philadelphia businesses to local farms, promote sustainable food businesses in our annual Local Food Guide, and help SNAP recipients to stretch their benefits through our Double Dollars program. The result of all these efforts is that Philadelphia food businesses are buying more local than ever, and more people in our city are eating food that is sustainably grown, locally produced, and source-identified.
So if you're already buying local - whether you're one of our Farmstand regulars or look to us to make holidays and occasions extra special - what's the next step? How can you do more to push our food system in the right direction?
And the next time you bite into an heirloom apple from Beechwood Orchards or a crisp carrot from Taproot Farm, remember that it takes work to create a sustainable local food system - and that you've helped us do even more to create that reality.