A Farmer's Market With Business Hours
Why Buy Local?
1.There are clear indicators that suggest a growing demand in our region for local foods!
A study done by Ken Meter, president of the Crossroads Resource Center in Minnesota, found that direct sales from farm to consumer in Northeast Wisconsin has increased 62%, from $3.3 million in 2002 to $5.3 million in 2007.
2.The food less traveled is:
- Freshest & tastiest.
- Preserved properly at a time of peak freshness.
- More nutritious than foods which break down on the ride over.
3. We have an opportunity to make our region financially and food secure. Northeast Wisconsin residents purchase $1.7 billion of food each year. ($1 billion on foods to eat at home, $700 million on foods eaten out of home)
If 15% of all food purchases were spent at local businesses on local foods, it would generate $156 million of regional income. (Meter, 2011). A dollar spent at a locally owned business circulates more frequently through our community than a dollar spent at a nationwide franchise.