What does LOCAL mean to us?
We are working in a collaborative effort to build a more locally based and self-reliant consumer food system. We want to be able to see our food be born and thank those who make it. Thankfully we are in the Central Coast where we are able to acquire the vast majority of our products within 225 miles. Call us locavores, call us picky, or call us plain crazy, but we can’t deny the awesome benefits of a local food system:
Local Foods Are Fresher, Healthier & Tastier
- Local food is fresher and we think tastes better than food that has been trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away. Fresher food means it lasts longer too! Since we don’t like preservatives, being local is really important for us to be able to offer the highest quality food possible.
- Produce starts losing their nutrients as soon as they are picked, so the less time that passes between farm and table, the fewer nutrients fresh produce will lose.
- Local food systems is known to increase the availability of healthy food items in a community and encourage consumers to make healthier food choices. That’s our goal too.
- Eating locally means eating seasonally. Only grown when they naturally grown. Only eaten when they are naturally meant to be eaten.
- The crops are picked at their peak freshness, and farm-made products, such as cheeses and jams, are hand-crafted for the best flavor.
Local Foods Usually Have Less Environmental Impact
- A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table. That leads to a big carbon footprint for a little bunch of yum. The farther food travels, the more energy and gasoline must be used to get the food to your plate. Buying local will save energy costs and valuable non-renewable resources.
- We have built our own internal systems around being sustainable, so sourcing local ingredients becomes just one part of that system. We look for farmers who follow organic and sustainable growing practices as well as energy use to minimize the supply chain’s environmental impact, even further.
- By buying foods grown and raised closer to where you live, we are helping to maintain local farmland and green space in the area.
- While conventional farming practices mono-cropping with limited plant varieties, we try and work with smaller local farms who grow many different varieties and rotate their crops to provide a long harvest season and to keep their soil healthy.
Local Foods Promote Food Safety
- The fewer steps our food has to take to reach your mouth the less chance there is of contamination. Who wants to get sick?!?
- When we know where our food comes from and who grows it, we know a lot more about the processes that create the food and how it is brought to us, from start to finish.
Local Foods Support Our Local Community and Economy
- Money spent with local farmers, growers, artisans and locally-owned purveyors all stay close to our home. We are working to build our local economy instead of being sent over to a larger corporation in another city, state, or even country.
- 2% of farms produce 50% of all agricultural products in the country. We’re trying to spread that out a little bit more.
- Even if we are unable to source locally due to regional inadequacies, we always choose fair-trade products to ensure that every worker, no matter what country they are from, are paid a fair & living wage.
- Knowing where where our food comes from connects us to the people who raise and grow it. Instead of having a single relationship to a big distributor, we try and develop smaller connections to a wider selection of food sources, that we hand choose.
Eating locally connects us to a larger world, right in our backyard. Locally born, locally raised, locally eaten.