You have pride in the state you live in. You love your community and want to see it thrive. We can absolutely relate! But, recently, things haven’t looked quite the same and we are recovering together. That’s why buying local has never felt more important. We want to work with one another to support our neighbors, as well as the well-being of our community. It’s a great reason to buy local.
And not only does buying local affect the well-being of the town you live in and the cities around you, it also affects your well-being too. After all, you know that you’re making a difference and feel that sense of pride and love for your state. It’s a great feeling, right? And we could all use a dose of positivity, especially lately.
But, that’s not all. There are even more benefits and reasons to love buying local, which we’ve detailed in this blog. We’ve even included some quotes from our customers who support local in their neighborhood Food Lion stores. Let’s take a closer look!
Local produce can typically be on your table a bit quicker. We call that “harvest to table speed” and that affects freshness. This is all thanks to the simple fact that these farms are closer. They’re right there in your state.
So, how can you find local produce at Food Lion? Great question! Simply look for the Local Goodness signage in the produce department (and throughout the store) to find local products grown and made in the state you love.
However, if the local produce item you’re looking for isn’t in season, don’t worry! We have high standards for fresh produce. And if you’re ever not 100% satisfied, we have our Double Your Money Back Guarantee!
Want to learn more about how buying local affects freshness? Read our “Must-Have Fresh Facts About Buying Local” blog!
When it comes to buying local and flavor, we’re talking about that farm-fresh taste of seasonal local fruits and vegetables. What is it about local produce that makes it taste a little extra delicious? It’s not just the freshness or the great feeling of knowing that you’re supporting the well-being of your community (although those things definitely help). It’s also the fact that many times local farmers have the capability to let their crop ripen a little longer since their produce doesn’t have as far to travel in order to be on the shelf in time for the season.
However, we all love having fresh things like blueberries year-round, right? Which is why we make sure to stock tasty berries (and many other produce items) during all seasons.
One of our fabulous customers in South Carolina knows all about the fresh flavor you and your family can enjoy when buying local:
That’s not all of the information we have on buying local and flavor. Check out our “How Buying Local Affects Flavor” blog!
Supporting our Communities
Like we mentioned above, when buying local, you’re helping your neighbors and supporting your community. And this is true for produce, meat and other local items like sauces, baked goods and more. The farmers and workers of those local businesses live and operate in the same state. Some may even share your zip code. That means they also feel the same pride and love for your state. So, when you buy their local products, you’re helping those neighbors and strengthening the well-being of your community, both in pride and economically. Although, you don’t have to take our word for it. Hear it from this shopper in North Carolina:
Want to see which local brands we support from your state and offer in select stores? Visit your state’s Local Goodness page to view the list.
We’ve now covered the benefits and given you even more reasons to love buying local, including the freshness (thanks to harvest to table speed), flavor and supporting the well-being of the community you live in. And let’s face it - that’s more important than ever, right? Now, once you’ve picked up your local produce, meat or other items from Food Lion, you may need some recipe ideas all inspired by tasty local flavors. We have just the place to find that! Check out our recipe portal for our collection of Local Goodness dishes.