Why Local?

Nothing beats locally grown food for freshness and flavor. And buying local food is a great way to strengthen our local economy by supporting our farming neighbors.

What Is Local Food?

By local food, we mean food that’s been grown or raised in the Treasure Valley or the surrounding region. The closer to your home the better—especially if you grow it yourself in a home garden or community garden.

Fresh StrawberriesWhy Eat Local Food?

  • Tastes best because it’s freshest
  • Supports local family farms
  • Strengthens our local economy
  • Protects our land and conserves fuel

Remember, the goal is not to ban long-distance food. The goal is to restore a balance of local and long-distance food—for the health of our communities, our farms, our land, and ourselves.

It’s good for your health, good for your community and good for the economy!

How you can help make a difference:

  • Shop at your local farmer’s markets, road-side stands and food co-ops and buy sustainable meat, dairy, eggs and veggies
  • Make your dollars count – purchase Community Supported Agriculture share (CSA’s) – 100% of your dollars support local Boise farmers versus only 21% if you shop at a grocery store
  • Dine a restaurants that use local food – some of our local favorites are Fork, Alavita, Bittercreek and Bardenay

Differences between sustainable, organic, and industrial food production:

Sustainable food production:

  • Does not harm the environment
  • Respects workers by providing local jobs and fair wages
  • Supports the local economy through purchasing supplies from local businesses
  • Is humane to animals
  • Supports farming communities
  • Small farms with $100K of gross income, 95% of farm related expenditures are made locally

Organic food production:

  • Does not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • Does not practice factory farming practices
  • Does not use hormones
  • Does not use non-therapeutic antibiotics

Industrial food production:

  • Are entirely dependent on use of fossil fuels which contribute to climate change
  • Transportation, processing and packaging increase u se of fossil fuels and energy use
  • 40% of energy used in food system goes toward the production of chemical fertilizers and pesticides
  • Hire the least workers possible
  • Do not support the local economy as they purchase equipment, supplies & feed from agricultural conglomerates
  • Large farms with over $900K of gross income, less than 20% of farm related expenditures are made locally