PFI Local Food Study

Published Feb 1, 2012

Tips for Increasing Local Food Purchases

From what the participants learned through this project, here are some tips for increasing your local food purchases: Start by reading labels and learning how far the food travels at the grocery store or food coop. Ask questions at grocery stores, farmers market and other food venues about where food is from. This builds awareness and shows that your desire to supporting local producers. Shop at farmers’ markets. Join a CSA (vegetable subscription service). Join an online year-round local food outlet such as Farm to Folk, Iowa Food Coop or River Valley Co-op. Buy seasonal food in bulk and preserve it for use in the off-season. Purchase dairy and meat products from local farmers or lockers.