In our produce section, you will find local fruits and vegetables. You’ll see that we proudly sell Hanover Tomatoes, the best locally grown sensation. The best part of selling locally grown produce is that you can see where each vegetable is grown and local farmers are committed to quality! We have a close relationship with our growers to ensure the best produce available from our shelf to your kitchen.
Six reasons why you should buy local produce:
1) Locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak for best flavor.
2) Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food imported from far away is older and has traveled on trucks or planes, and sat in warehouses before it gets to you.
3) Local food is safe. There’s a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers’ market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren’t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.
4) Local food supports local families. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food – which helps farm families stay on the land.
5) Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.
6) Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.
check out these video clips from the farm as shown on Good Morning Virginia on Channel 6 WTVR: