Why Buy Local ?

There are many reasons why buying local makes sense. There is also significant peace of mind in knowing where our food comes from.

You get Quality and Taste

Why eat a tomato that’s traveled for days on a truck? Fully ripened and bursting with flavour, your local tomato can be on your dinner plate the same day it was picked. Fresh food often contains fewer preservatives (essential for food traveling long distances), providing you with a more natural, wholesome product. Quality local food isn’t just about produce. There’s a wide variety of great tasting food including eggs, milk, cheese, meat, honey, preserves, grains and wine waiting for you to discover.

You help our local economy

When you buy from local farmers and producers, you are supporting local businesses and providing income for families in our community. In a time when many farmers and businesses are struggling to maintain their livelihood, we can do our part to support them while preserving our rural heritage. Many Windsor and Essex County businesses are supporting the “Grown Right Here” campaign, so look for the “Grown Right Here” brand to help you find local food.

You get safety assurance

How much do you know about your food? Farmers and producers in Windsor and Essex County take pride in high quality food that’s safe for you and your family. One of the biggest benefits to buying food locally is having someone to answer your questions about how it was grown and raised.

You help the Environment

By reducing the distance food travels, we can reduce carbon emissions and leave a smaller ecological footprint. When we support local food systems, we ultimately make a positive impact on the environment—cleaner air and water, and farmland that’s preserved for future generations.

You experience agriculture up close

By visiting local farmers markets and farm stands with friends and family you can experience the countryside and the simple pleasures it has to offer. Many farms offer the opportunity to pick your fruits and vegetables. With little effort you can freeze local product and enjoy it all year round.

Learn More!

For more information on the importance of buying local and links to local sites in our community please check out the following resources:

Local Resources

Academic, Education and Learning

Agricultural Marketing

Agriculture Food and the Environment

Certification Bodies

Culinary Tourism

Farm Organizations

Food Safety

Food Security 

General Agriculture and Food


Buy Local Initiatives in Ontario

Buy Local Initiatives Around Canada


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