Why Buy Local Produce?
Most locally produced food is generated on a smaller scale and therefore in a manner that is often more wholesome and harks back to more traditional methods of production. Because fruit and vegetables need not be grown intensively, the use of artificial fertilizers and chemicals can be kept to a minimum. In the case of produce derived from animal stock, the consumer can be assured that the meat, eggs and dairy produce that they are buying come from producers that have the utmost respect for their animals’ welfare. Local food is fresh and nutritious because local producers attempt to work in harmony with nature. Local food is provided by people who care and understand about the benefits of natural food production.
Local Food Supports Your Local Economy
Local produce can directly support local businesses, give local employment and keep money in the local economy by cutting out the middleman.
Local Food is Good for the Environment
Local food production ensures that local land is put to good use and is maintained to a high standard. Wildlife also benefits from well-managed land. Packaging is kept to a minimum, which means less use of valuable natural resources and results in less landfill. Local food, of course, doesn’t need to travel far ensuring that ‘food miles’ are kept to a minimum, reducing the amount of freight and pollution on the road.
New Forest Marque
A large range of local produce at Longdown Farm Shop carries the New Forest Marque, which gives an additional reassurance to the consumer. All producers sporting the New Forest Marque brand must meet stringent standards set by the Marque, which are relevant to their own particular speciality. The consumer can have absolute confidence in the high quality and local provenance of any food item carrying the New Forest Marque.