We love fresh milk, produce, etc. in this family (ah...fresh milk...slurp) and incorporate them into our diets as often as we can. There are a few ways you can incorporate local products into your diets by shopping at farmer's markets and using local dairy farm products (we have Munroe Dairy and can even buy local dairy products at our Stop & Shop). We also have some small non-chain grocery stores that do their best to sell products from local sources. But why should you go through the effort? Read the convincing reasons below from Farm Aid.
Here are five more reasons why you, too, should go "loco" for local dairy:
Food quality – Local dairy is sold fresher (and tastier), with no need for preservatives or extensive processing for long-distance transport or to extend its life on the shelf.
Community food security – If the ongoing dairy crisis continues much longer, we risk having entire states devoid of a single dairy farm. A stable network of local dairy farms is essential for communities to provide residents with access to safe, healthful food.
Preservation of farmland and agricultural traditions – Local dairies dot the landscapes of many regions, and are a productive and beneficial way to preserve farmland, local modes of production and processing, and even unique locally adapted dairy breeds.
Local jobs and economies – Supporting local dairies benefits local businesses used for farm inputs and services as well as those involved in processing and distribution, keeping more money circulating around the community.
Dairy farmers rock! – If the dairy farmers in your area are anything like the dairy farmers here in New England, then they're some of the most good-hearted, hard-working, ingenious people you'll ever have the pleasure to meet. These folks give 110% every day to produce good food for our tables. When family farmers thrive, the very best of America thrives.
To help others locate fresh, family-farmed dairy in your area, leave a comment below about your favorite local dairy brands. The Eat Well Guide is also a great source for tracking down family-farmed options close to home.