We’re encouraging all of New Hampshire to take a pledge to spend $5 a week on locally produced foods.
$5 might not seem like a lot, but if every person in New Hampshire dedicated $5 of their grocery money each week to local foods, we would contribute over $338 million back into the state’s economy. Even better, the money you spend won’t be going to a stranger out West – it will go right back into your community, helping out your neighbors and friends. Already eating a lot of local food? You can challenge yourself to try new foods every week, and see if you can double your impact with $10, $20, or more.
Supporting local food doesn’t just help the economy, though. Purchasing your food close to home often means it will be fresher, in-season, and tastier than food grown thousands of miles away. Many small farmers also grow organically, with regenerative practices that encourage healthy soil and water. Local food also promises cleaner air – the average piece of produce in the US travels over 1,500 miles to your plate, adding up to a lot of additional CO2 emissions! And by supporting small farmers here, you help to make sure our beautiful rural landscapes aren’t sold to developers.
Perhaps the best part of local eating is the increased connections you make with others in the community. Don’t be afraid to talk to the farmer at the market, or the small restaurant sourcing local ingredients. Ask questions about where, when, and how your food was grown or made. Get to know the food producers and businesses around you – what you find might surprise you!
Thank you so much for your support of local food! Download the Local $5 Pledge flyer here.
2020 Pledge Signers
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Food and Nutrition Services