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Speaking My Mind: Would you pay more for locally grown produce?

Sandy Morrison — Yes, I would pay a little more for locally grown fruits and veggies, but it sure would be nice if they were a little less instead of more expensive. On occasion my local supermarkets will advertise what farms the produce has come from when it’s local and I always go for that first. I just wish they’d do that more often! Also, in the fall, I love to hit the farm stands and go apple picking as well. That’s always a treat — both being out at the farms and knowing I’m getting fresh, local foods.

Laurie O’Hanlon — I would absolutely pay more for locally grown produce, and I would grow a little something in my yard or in my window box and start a neighborhood food shed. Folks from the neighborhood can come over on Sunday afternoon and trade what they grow/can/create with each other. It’s a wonderfully intelligent and simple way to build community.

No name given — Yes, I would pay more for local grown produce, and do shop farmers’ markets. I also purchase organic produce with fewer pesticides, most cases none. I’m a master photographer, farmer’s advocate, and founder of Connecticut Farmland Trust in November 2001 (became official May 2002). I’m a member of NOFA, The New Farm, American Farmland Trust, Local Harvest, and Rootstock (organic farming). I’ve photographed 1,121 farms in Connecticut, and convinced 805 out of 1,069 farms to diversify their operations through Farm Enhancement, as well as talked 400 into preserving their farms.

Annette Hamilton — Yes, I would definitely pay more for local produce. Knowing it’s fresher and where it came from is important to me.

Joseph Ferreira — Having recently moved to Providence, RI, from southern Massachusetts, I’ve been happy and eager to shop at the local farmers’ markets that set up during various days of the week. One of the most popular on Saturdays on the grounds of Hope High School features not only the freshest local fruits and vegetables (I can’t wait until acorn and butternut squash season begins!) but also locally made honey and artisanal New England cheeses from a terrific shop named The Farmstand (located in Wayland Square). Do I pay more for freshness and variety? You bet I do, and gladly! Keeping such local treasures available is worth the extra cost.

Sara Wiesbock — I do, and will continue to do so…no matter what the price. Local is fresher, healthier, supports the local economy and if more people did, if could keep trucks off the highways, reducing pollution, a win-win for everyone.

Jennifer Anderson — I would and do make an effort to purchase locally grown produce, meat, eggs, etc and will pay more for the benefit and convenience.

Douglas McVarish — My wife and I are fortunate to live in a community with a weekly farmer’s market from May through November. We buy and eat much of our fruits and vegetables from the market and grow most of the rest. If there was a source of local produce year-round, we would definitely buy from them.

Robert Cadwell — Price should be less since it is fresher, locally grown, and therefore less transportation cost to consumer.

Sally Sullivan — Yes, I would and do pay more for locally grown foods.

Gail J. Kennedy — I know of several home grown produce stands in my area, and I gladly pay the only slightly higher price for the difference in the flavor of freshly grown tomatoes cukes, zucchini, corn, etc. I have a wonderful herb garden of my own as well, and there’s nothing better with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Time’s running out…we’re almost into fall!

James Arcadi — I would and do pay a few bucks extra for local food. Being a part of a CSA this summer has been wonderful! Green beans and tomatoes grown only a few miles from my house taste fantastic. Plus, it has opened my palate to a wider array of vegetables. Who knew kale was so good?

Lisa Leach — Yes, I would be pleased to spend more on locally grown products. We have several farmer’s markets and orchards in the area. You can’t beat the taste or the provenance. Somehow knowing where fruits and vegetables were grown and meeting the people growing them makes the food all the more special.

Michael Hopkins — Surely local is better, and I buy twice/week at farm markets. However, the high prices will prevent this from being more than a limited voguish activity. Eggs at my nearby farmers’ markets are $1.50/half-dozen (.72 at Wal-Mart). Vegetables have similar, if not so striking, prices differences. The average person will not, can not, come in line with this “hot eco-food trend.” Shouldn’t the reduction in transportation costs have a lowering effect on prices ? Apparently, not so much.

Cheryl Rogers — No. I would think locally grown would be cheaper to buy. I usually look for the locally grown signs wherever I am. I would think I was getting a deal because it was locally grown.

Mary Cobb — Yes, I would be willing to pay more for locally grown produce at farmer’s markets or at local stores.

Jeannie Helveston — I would definitely pay more for local produce, within reason. If it’s going to cost me twice as much as other produce, I’d have to seriously think about it. But, I prefer to support the local growers whenever I can.

Updated Monday, August 20th, 2007

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