YOU’LL STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY.
Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.
YOU’LL SAFEGUARD YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH.
Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified seed in their operations. Buy food from local farmers you trust.
YOU’LL PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.
Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive. When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations.
- The Buy Local Guide allows you to search for restaurants, stores, caterers, and farmers markets featuring local food.
- Go to As Fresh As It Gets for San Mateo specific events, recipes, and resources for local and sustainably produced food.
- Visit the Farmers Markets section of the Resource Directory to find a farmers market near you