Locally grown food is full of flavor, tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheese and milk are hand-crafted for best flavor.
Locally grown food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost. Food imported from far away is older and has traveled on trucks or planes, and sits in distribution centers before it gets to your store.
Local food supports local families, the local economy and builds community. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food - which helps farm families stay on the land. When you buy direct from a farmer, you're engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower.
Local growers can tell you how the food was grown. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. You will know where your food comes from, who grew it, and will promote a safer food supply.
Locally grown food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. Purchasing locally grown foods you help maintain farmland and green open space in your community. Eating local means more money stays within your community.
Two ways to support local food production include:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operated by individual growers and offering “shares” to residents interested in purchase a locally grown fresh food box. Find your CSA options at www.localharvest.org
Farms and Farmers Markets; Check your city’s local website to fine the closes farmers market in your area or visit one of these locations.
Larry Jacinto Farms: two locations in Mentone and Redlands offer seasonal fruits and vegetables from local Jacinto farm properties:
Mentone: 2108 Mentone Blvd, (909)-389-9458
Redlands: 1269 Brookside Ave, Redlands, CA 92373
Phone: (909) 335-2333
Farmers Market at The Grove School Redlands:
11126 Iowa St. (corner of Orange Avenue and Iowa Street) at beautiful Heritage Park in Redlands
Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, year-round, rain or shine!
Three Sisters Farm:
California Certified Organic Farm, offering CSA shares and appearing at the Grove School Farmer’s Market on Saturdays
30370 San Timoteo Canyon Rd
Rancho Cucamonga Victoria Gardens Certified Farmers Market:
12505 N. Main Street, Fridays 10am to 2pm
For recipes, special events, and vendor/product information, visit www.heritagefarmersmarket.blogspot.com
Amy’s offers sustainably-raised meat and produce at their Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM Farm Stand.
7698 Eucalyptus Ave.
Ontario, CA 91762 (844)-426-9732
Yucaipa Certified Farmers Market at Market Night:
Yucaipa Blvd, from 1st to Adams/California Street
Fridays 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM May through October