So you live in Athens and you’ve decided you want to eat locally grown food, at least, as
much as you can that is.
If you haven’t already, consider this:
It tastes better. Why? Because it’s picked at the peak of its ripeness rather than harvested early and stored in a tractor-trailer as it crosses the country to your grocery store shelf.
It has more nutrients! Shorter time from harvest to table means less time for the nutrient density to decrease. Local foods are often sold (and eaten) the same day they are picked.
It builds your local economy by supporting local businesses, farmers, and growers.
It builds a community outside of the Kroger aisle. ~~
It’s more sustainable. Ever think of all the resources spent packaging and shipping your food across the country?
It’s more ethical. Face it; most of the time you have no idea where your food came
from, let alone who harvested it and under what conditions.
It’s good for the environment because it maintains local farmland. More plants=cleaner air.
Athens is a local food hub. We have multiple markets, CSAs and a lovely little co-op. It's pretty obvious we're all in agreement on the benefits of eating local. Southern Living even voted the Athens' Farmers Marketone of "The South's Best Farmers' Markets."
If you’re one of those people who can’t get out of bed on Saturday morning, let alone make
it to Bishop Park, there’s an option for you too. You can support local farmers without even