In today’s day and age, many of the foods we eat are genetically modified, grown with pesticides and other chemicals, and filled with preservatives and additives. This being said, it is no surprise that people are increasingly concerned about the quality and cleanliness of the foods they eat. This growing desire to know what is being put into their bodies is causing many people to join the Local Food Movement. The Local Food Movement is essentially people all across the nation promoting the value and benefits of consuming locally grown foods. While supermarkets often contain processed foods and feedlot meat, the Local Food Movement includes similar ideas, goals, and practices to organic and sustainable food movements.
Growing up in a small farm town in MA, I have always had a spot in my heart for farmers markets and all of the fresh, local goodies I could snag there. Eating local allows us to eat fresher foods with higher nutrients levels, to eat seasonal and go with the natural flow of things- allowing for diversity and variety, and to become engaged in what foods we are putting into our bodies.
Farm Fresh RI (http://www.farmfreshri.org/about/about.php) is a growing local food system that values the environment, health, and quality of life of RI farmers and eaters. This non-profit organization is located in Pawtucket, RI and works with vendors that support their mission to:
- Preserve RI farmland and agricultural and culinary knowledge.
- Build healthier communities.
- Increase access to fresher, tastier food.
- Improve impact of food production and distribution on our environment.
- Strengthen community-based businesses.
If you are interested in learning more about the Local Food Movement or simply want to check out restaurants, markets, breweries, and creameries in the area that use fresh, local products- be sure to check out Farm Fresh RI’s website today (http://www.farmfreshri.org/about/about.php)!