This Thanksgiving (November 28), and throughout the holidays, as well as all through the year, give thanks, celebrate, and support our local farmers, vendors and businesses by buying products, goods and services locally.
Why Buy Local?
Supporting the local economy by keeping the dollars circulating in and around our home, helps our neighbors, and supports the community’s sustainability with a thriving local economy.
For your Health and Safety
In Ventura and the surrounding areas, we are blessed with rich agriculture. There is a tremendous variety of locally grown foods right in our own back yard. The food literally comes right from the farm to your table. It doesn’t have to be frozen or processed to increase its shelf life. Fresh translates into healthier and tastier.
Knowing where our food comes from and how it’s grown empowers the consumer to select the safest foods possible for our families. By getting to know local farmers, information about chemicals used, use of genetically modified seeds, or use of antibiotics can be we can easily ascertained. Trusting in and purchasing from local farmers creates a sustainable food source for communities.
For Our Earth
Buying local means there is less need for transporting food long distances. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helps prevent pollution, and helps keep prices lower.
So, how do you buy local?
It’s easy! Find a farmer, farmer’s market, farm stand and/or other grocery outlet near you that sells local produce and products. In markets, usually this type of information is proudly displayed. However, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask!
In Ventura, visit the Ventura County Certified Farmer’s Market, http://vccfarmersmarkets.com/
- The Downtown Ventura Certified Farmer’s Market (Corner of Santa Clara and Palm Streets, 300 block of Santa Clara Street) Hours of operation are every Saturday from 8:30am to Noon.
- The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmer’s Market (Pacific View Mall, West Parking Lot, 3301 N. Main Street) Hours of operation are every Wednesday, 9am-1:00pm.
- Ventura Community Park Farmer’s Market (Community Park 901 South Kimball RD) Hours of operation are every Thursday 3-7pm.
- West Side Farmer’s Market (Corner of Ventura Ave and Kellogg) Hours of operation are every Wednesday 3-7pm.
- East End Farmer’s Market (Corner of Johnson Drive and Northbank Road) Hours of operation are every Saturday 1:30-6pm.
Other Great Resources:
National – Seasonal food charts by state – Fieldtoplate.com
In Ventura – http://www.totallylocalvc.com/
In California – http://www.buylocalca.org/
So when you sit down to your Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings this Thursday, November 28, give a heartfelt thanks and enjoy the taste and fresh quality of all foods local!
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV