What is a foodshed? Foodshed describes the flow of food in a geographical area. It includes where food is grown, sold, and eaten. Mapping a local foodshed can help us better understand the complex economic, social, and ecological relationships between food producers and food consumers in our region.
Why buy from local farmers? By choosing to buy local foods, you help local farms stay afloat. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with your food by meeting your farmer and exploring local farms. Buying local supports farmers who take care of their land by growing food in ways that protect the soil and water in your region and community, and it will cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate. Furthermore, when you buy local foods, you are buying some of the freshest and healthiest food for you and your family.
What do we mean by ‘local’? Within the local food movement, there is no agreed upon distance for local. Some people use it to mean within the state or region. Here, we are using it to mean within a 250 mi radius -a reasonable day's drive- of NYC.