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A visit to your local farmers' market is the opportunity to get outdoors; enjoy fresh, flavorful food; and support the local economy and local farmers. In addition, buying locally has less negative impact on the environment.
Buying local means you are supporting food that is produced, grown or raised as close to your community or neighborhood as possible — shopping at farmers' markets is one way to do this. Shopping locally has a number of benefits, including:
Buying Local Preserves Diversity
California’s diverse agriculture can be preserved through certified farmers' markets by providing marketing outlets for the small acreage growers of heirloom, culinary, ethnic and specialty crops not widely grown on a large scale or found at traditional food sources.
Local Food Supports Local Farmers
Family farms operate based on the tradition of self-sustainability with local communities. Dollars spent at farmers' markets go directly to the farmers, who in turn spend with local merchants and keep money within the community.
For More Information
For more information about nutrition counseling, please call 619-740-4632. For more information about nutrition support services for patients, please call 619-740-4621. For health, wellness and weight management classes, please call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).
To learn more about Sharp's nutrition services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about nutrition, read the Nutrition News archive.