Check out the wide range of meats, fruits, and veggies grown in Richmond with the 2016 Local Food Guide.
Since 2007, Richmond Food Security Society has produced this map to guide people to Richmond grown foods. There are over 30 farmers who sell at farm gate direct to the consumer, as well as farmers markets. Call ahead or check their websites to find out seasonal hours and availability.
This guide is a valuable tool for those who take The Richmond Eats Local Eating Challenge!
Why Eat Local?
“Eating locally isn’t just a fad like the various diets advertised on late-night TV—it may be one of the most important ways we save ourselves and the planet.” -Dr. David Suzuki
Eating local is about bringing communities closer to the roots of our food production systems, nourishing not only the belly, but also our relationships with one another and the land that sustains us. Local food:
- Sustains. Buying local sustains both local livelihoods and our environment. It helps small family farms stay on the land, and reduces supply chain carbon emissions.
- Delights. Local produce is packed with nutrition and flavour due to freshness and optimum ripeness. Keep an eye out for seasonal surprises to expand your palate.
- Connects. Farmer’s markets are a fruitful forum for cultivating connections between neighbours, farmers, the land, and seasons.
- Empowers. Community members have the opportunity to influence how our food is produced and distributed.