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

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.

Rosalie Nesbit — Yes, I’d buy local produce. It’s healthier, more satisfying and I know there’s a real person behind the food.

Cynthis Recchia — I definitely would pay the price for home grown vegetables.

Updated Monday, August 20th, 2007

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