100-Mile Foodshed

Taste the difference.
Most foods purchased from local farmers have been picked in less than 24 hours, unlike supermarket food that may have been picked weeks or months before. Local produce is fresher, healthier and more flavorful!

Know what you’re eating.
Buying food today is complicated. What pesticides were used? Was that chicken free range or did it grow up in a box? People who eat locally produced food find it easier to get answers and often build lasting relationships with farmers they trust. And if in doubt, they can drive out to the farms and see for themselves.

Our foodshed is defined as the area within a 100-mile radius of Salida, Colorado. Most Americans typically consume foods that have travelled at least 1,500 miles, a condition that is certainly not beneficial to our health or that of the environment. Buying food today is complicated. What pesticides were used? Was that chicken free range or did it grow up in a box? People who eat locally find it easier to get answers. Many people build trusting relationships with their local farmers. And if in doubt, they can visit the farms and see for themselves where their food comes from.

Meet your neighbors.
Local eating is social. Studies show that people shopping at farmers markets have ten times as many conversations as their counterparts at the supermarket.

Get in touch with the seasons.
When we eat locally, we eat what’s in season. Cherries are the taste of summer. Apples are the taste of fall. Even in winter, comfort foods like squash soup and pancakes just make sense—a lot more sense than flavorless cherries from shipped from the other side of the world.

Support small farms and your local economy.
In areas with strong local markets, the family farm is reviving along with a stronger sense of community.

Be healthier.
You’ll feel better than ever when you eat locally grown vegetables and fewer processed foods, sample a wider variety of foods and eat fresh food at its nutritional peak.

For more information, visit: 100milediet.org