Why Buying Food Grown in the Comox Valley is Awesome!
At Union Street we proudly source many of our ingredients, beers, and wines from local farmers and producers. More and more people are choosing to buy locally grown and produced food over food transported from thousands of kilometers away. Why? Below are just some of the reasons many Comox Valley residents are embracing this Local Eating Movement and “100-Mile Diet”.
- Health and nutrition. Many local farmers are certified organic or use organic practices. This means that pesticides and herbicides are not an option for growers of vegetables, fruits and berries. Farmers raising livestock will avoid the use of hormones, antibiotics, and medicated feed that are typical of the so-called “factory farms” that produce a lot of the meat found in a large grocery store. Also, local livestock is often pastured and therefore the resulting meat (and eggs from poultry) is more nutritious due to the animal’s natural and healthy diet.
- Tastes better. Local food comes straight from the farm to your table. This lack of extensive travel will ensure the food is fresher and more nutritious. Also, local fruit is picked when it’s ripe, not before in order to survive a long trip to another continent. There is nothing better than a locally grown strawberry!
- Builds community. Buying directly from the farmer helps to build understanding and a connection to your neighbours, environment, and community. With many farmers going to the CV Farmer’s Market every Saturday there are many ways to meet your farmers! Also, some of our Valley’s farms also offer farm tours in the summer if you want to see where your food actually comes from!
- Boosts local economy. By buying directly from the farmer, more profit goes directly to the farmer instead of “middle men”. By supporting local farmers you ensure that fresh, locally-grown food remains an option in our community for many years to come.
- Helps the environment. By buying locally you are decreasing the demand for food that needs to be transported into the community and therefore you are reducing our consumption of energy and fossil fuels. Also, if farms thrive we will continue to have a beautiful country side inhabited by farmers who value the quality of the local soil and water.
Meet Your Comox Valley Farmers
Comox Valley Farmer’s Market:http://www.comoxvalleyfarmersmarket.com/home
Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tours:http://www.discovercomoxvalley.com/cvfarmcycletour