Richmond’s Local Food Guide
The 2012-2013 Local Food Guide is produced by the Richmond Food Security Society. The guide lists 26 local farms that have farm gate sales or operate CSA programs.
Reasons to eat local
- Fresh Food. Locally grown food is often picked just days or even hours before it’s sold.
- Nutritious. Ripe, freshly picked produce are at their peak for nutritional value.
- Less Travel. Most food travels more than 1,500km before it’s eaten. Local food has a smaller carbon footprint.
- Support Local Farmers. Buying local gives farmers an incentive to keep farming and encourages new farmers. Farmlands are preserved.
- Local Economy. Every dollar spent on local food creates a $7 economic benefit in the community.
- Builds Community. Talking with local farmers builds trust and a connection to neighbours and the environment.
- Know The Seasons. Learn when local foods are available. Squashes and root crops in the winter, greens in spring and fall, berries and tomatoes in the summer.
Learn how to preserve those nutritious fruits and vegetables with affordable food preservation workshops!
In 2007 the Food Security group produced Richmond’s first food guide – an excellent resource for finding fresh, local food, mostly sold from the farm gate. Thanks to the support of the City of Richmond with printing services, the guide now updated annually and distributed throughout the community, of great benefit to both Richmond residents and local food producers.