The 100 Mile Diet: Buying Locally

No matter where you live, you’ll find that buying local has a wealth of benefits for you and your community. Here are some reasons and tips to help get you started:

Top reasons to buy local

  • Support yourself and your community economically
  • Keep your community unique and promote diversity
  • Reduce environmental impact
  • Create more good jobs
  • Get better service
  • Invest in community
  • Put your taxes to good use
  • Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy
  • Encourage local prosperity and diverse character.
  • Support community groups
  • You can taste the difference and experience new flavours
  • You know what you're eating.
  • Get in touch with the seasons.
  • Have more fun travelling.

Tips on how to buy local

  • Frequent the same farmers markets and stands
  • Know what is in season and available in your community
  • Invest in a farm share program and receive weekly boxes of fruit and vegetables.
  • Arrive at markets early for the freshest and best picks. You can also arrive just prior to close to take advantage of deals.
  • Start your own garden of herbs or veggies
  • Consider raising your own animals in your yard, i.e.) turkeys or chickens
  • Volunteer in markets
  • Be open to trying new things
  • Research local products before travelling.