May 1, 2008

Local Food Is Cheaper!

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 pm by bitsypieces

My previous post about stockpiling food made me realize that I have one advantage that’s not available to everyone.

We live in a simple, rural area. Locally grown foods–such as eggs, fruits and vegetables–are readily available when in-season. This time of year, especially, the roads are lined with roadside stands from local farmers selling their wares. About 1 mile from my house is a Mennonite farm that sells food all season long from a stand in front of their home. Their selection includes goodies like potatoes, onions, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, apples, blueberries and strawberries.

Although the prices on these foods may rise slightly–because the cost of seed has risen–they’re unlikely to rise as high as grocery store prices. That’s because no fuel or transportation costs are involved to ship the finished product. The farmers just pick the produce and walk it to their roadside stand.

Moreover, buying locally means buying directly from the producer. It totally cuts out the middleman, which, in turn, reduces the cost.

And although Mennonites want to make money–they have to live, too–they generally don’t participate in the kind of price gouging that’s habitual among big business.

So I’m fortunate to have this kind of resource available to me. It means stockpiling food feels less like a need.

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