What can local food do for you?
Local Food = Local Jobs.
Buying local is supporting the creation of truly local jobs and a closed-circuit local economy. When you support a local farmer, you are supporting your neighbor instead of a large corporation.
Healthier with Fewer Chemicals.
Usually, local operations are smaller than large corporate farms and produce goods with a much lower chemical input rate. This means fewer pesticides, herbicides, and other conventional chemicals that could suppress your health and turn your salad into a toxic soup.
Our farmers and producers take food safety very seriously. A shorter trip between the source of your food and your kitchen makes for a much safer, transparent food chain.
What’s the Deal with the 30 Mile Meal?
Did you know that by committing to spend just $10 a week on locally grown foods you can help rebuild your local economy? That’s why the goal of the 30 Mile Meal is connecting food buyers and suppliers, and educating the public about the benefits of consuming local products. The brand provides a shared identity for everyone involved in the local food scene that can be marketed to the public in hopes of creating economic development around our local food system. The brand unites growers, producers, servers, and sellers under one exclusive identity in order to signal truly local food. Any food business can participate, so long as it makes or uses food or ingredients from within 30 miles of our epicenter. Together, we can make a difference!
How close is ‘local’? Local Food is defined by some people as food that is grown or produced within a 150 mile radius of your home. The 30 Mile Meal is a mindset encouraging people to source food from within 30 miles of wherever they may be. So whether you’re at home, work or on vacation you can be a part of rebuilding the local economy.
- Look for the logo. When you see the 30 Mile Meal logo at a business, you know they’re sourcing locally and supporting other local businesses! Give them your business and your support. Discover other easy ways to source locally with this roadmap.
- Ask : “What is local?” when shopping or dining out.
- Use 30 Mile Meal Passport! Download our 30 Mile Meal Passport App or pick one up at participating businesses.
- Use our hashtags on social media: #30milemeal, #eatlocal, #localfood, #whatslocal
- Tell a friend. One of the best and easiest ways you can help is by telling a friend about the 30 Mile Meal.