Speaking My Mind: Would you pay more for locally grown produce?
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.
Mary Jo Skala — I live in Dudley. I buy locally grown produce from a farm stand in the next town (Southbridge) and pay less — usually far less — than the same variety offered in the grocery stores I shop. There are times the beans are still warm from the sun or the ends of the corn are still moist from having just been picked. Can’t get any fresher than that! Yet, on average, ALL of his prices are lower. This includes the produce Mr. Morse buys at the farmers’ produce depot to round out his selections. Local everything (veggies and fruit, milk, and meats) have become a shopping way for me since I’ve moved to this area.
Polly Ford — Yes, I would and often do pay more for local produce. How can something grown in another country coated w/beeswax or whatever be “fresh” by the time it gets to Connecticut? I try to support the local farmers market in the summer.
Jeannine Pelkey — I most certainly pay whatever to get locally grown produce. I love it and look forward to it each summer!
Paul Allard — Absolutely! Just read “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver and am committed more than ever to eating locally.
Sandra Morris — Yes, I would.