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Alex J says ...
In these times it's so important to support and explore buying local. Less fuel and waste promote a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our communities.
03/18/2011 2:33:45 PM CDT
Fred T. Meyer says ...
My first experience with local produce (as I was growing up in Chicago) was to pluck mint leaves from my parents back yard, to use in tea and in a certain Middle Eastern dish (that I learned to cook while working in the kitchen of a local restaurant). I did this as a teenager. I loved seeing/feeling/smelling the direct connection between the mint plant in the garden and the mint flavor in my food and drink. --- My next experience with local produce was making road trips to Southern Wisconsin to pick apples in several small orchards. I did this a number of times over a period of 15 years, beginning while in college. I loved "entering into" the world where the apple trees grew, as I drove along local Wisconsin roads to get to those orchards. One orchard offered donuts that were being made on the spot throughout the day. The donuts were still warm as I ate them! --- My next experience with local produce began at the Evanston Farmers Market in 1984, and continued for about 20 years. I made a point of getting to know several farmers, by visiting their stands repeatedly over the years, and asking questions about their produce. I was loyal to those farmers who were happy to make detailed comments about (a) the effects of the growing conditions that season on their produce that season, (b) the strategies behind their choice of particular varieties to grow, and (c) their suggestions for how best to store and enjoy their produce. I learned a lot from those farmers about the fruits and vegetables that I particularly love, and I feel indebted to them for their hard work and dedication to growing great produce. ~ Fred
03/18/2011 2:38:04 PM CDT
Chrissie says ...
Because they rock.
03/18/2011 2:43:27 PM CDT
Nancy says ...
Locally grown produce can be harvested when it is ripe instead of being picked early to allow for transportation and distribution time. It does not need to be waxed to prevent bruising and it tastes so much better!
03/18/2011 2:47:25 PM CDT
Sally says ...
because they give back to the community immediately - in so many ways
03/18/2011 2:48:11 PM CDT
Jackie Scherrer says ...
Fresh is always best. I love knowing that I am supporting local farmers and business owners when I purchase food or other products. Keep it up Whole Foods!
03/18/2011 3:24:05 PM CDT
Kimberly Cain says ...
I love it because one of the local producers is me! I grow my own food garden so that I know exactly what I am getting.
03/18/2011 3:26:13 PM CDT
Deb says ...
I love local produce because it is fresher, so more healthy with the vitamins and minerals still available. It's great for the environment because it didn't have to travel across the country and use lots of energy, gas and resources to get it here. Plus it helps support local farmers and producers to allow them to keep providing our goods and allows them to make a good living. A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE!
03/18/2011 3:48:01 PM CDT
Valencia says ...
I love supporting local and small producers.
03/18/2011 4:40:33 PM CDT
Jeanne Regan says ...
I buy local when vegetables and fruits are in season. I believe in this for so many different reasons. First, it helps support local growers, which makes me feel my money spent is worthwhile and helps support growers who themselves believe in what they are offering--organic, healthy produce. What's not to love there? Secondly, I'm teaching my son on how we have the power to choose what we put into our bodies and that sometimes an item a bit higher in price can pay off for us as far as health is concerned.
03/18/2011 4:40:57 PM CDT
Allison says ...
I love local producers because you know that the products have the most nutrients since they didn't have to travel far!
03/18/2011 4:57:10 PM CDT
jim says ...
Local food supports the local economy and assures fresh and good tasting food
03/18/2011 4:57:11 PM CDT
Tina Laterza says ...
I want to cut the apron strings to gas/oil and stop using non-renewable resources. This is a big step in the right direction and so easy to do since the products are almost always better when they are purchased locally from your neighborhood businesses. Thank you Whole Foods for supporting local businesses and farmers.
03/18/2011 6:32:05 PM CDT
Sandie says ...
I like contributing to producers in my area. It's nice to have fresh food and be close to the source. It also reduces the carbon footprint.
03/19/2011 10:58:44 AM CDT
MARY says ...
Of course LOCAL means freshness, close to the grower source is Healthier, keeps profits in our state..think of our Children!
03/19/2011 10:38:47 AM CDT
Elizabeth Hurley says ...
I love Whole Foods and finding local gems.
03/19/2011 12:38:47 PM CDT
jaja says ...
we cannot trust large corporation to feed us!
03/19/2011 3:10:23 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
The freshness of their products. Local producers tend to "think outside the box" making sure their product is above standards. It is like they put a touch of their "heart" in everything they make.
03/19/2011 3:25:26 PM CDT
tech turkey says ...
It's alway's good to find new ideas from local producers. They care about what they "bring to market" and can put ingredients together in very unique combinations. Even the product names in the basket are "eye catching", and I'd like to try them.
03/19/2011 7:33:35 PM CDT
Ann Schramm says ...
We love our neighbors by supporting them. We save gas by buying food from local business.
03/20/2011 2:03:11 AM CDT
Karen says ...
Local means saving on transport costs. It means food can be picked when it's ripe, not when it has to be in order to last through the shipping process.
03/20/2011 2:37:00 AM CDT
Seby Q of B says ...
We enjoy supporting the community economically and environmentally. Buying local reduces transportation (less pollution) fresher food (taste great)!
03/20/2011 7:50:10 AM CDT
loni says ...
I love local products because I know they are taken care of with true care... trippyjanet at hotmail dot com
03/20/2011 8:03:54 AM CDT
Rich says ...
Knowing I'm buying local helps me to mentally connect with the lives and work of those producing the products.
03/20/2011 8:55:00 AM CDT
MicheleS says ...
We buy local because it is best for fresh, quality food and at the same time helps put money back into the community. Love WF's!
03/20/2011 3:01:12 PM CDT

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