A typical carrot travels 1,838 miles to reach your plate.
How much money, time and energy does it use during its journey from seed to table, and through how many hands does it pass? It’s almost impossible to calculate the REAL COSTS of food production, processing, packaging, shipping and storage, but there is another number that DOES make sense.
If every household in Pennsylvania spent $10 a week on regionally produced food, $48 million dollars would stay in the local economy each week. That’s about $200 million every month, and nearly $2.5 BILLION per year. Spending money on local food not only sustains our economy, it provides us with greater nutrition, preserves family farms, generates job opportunities, and beautifies the rural and urban landscape. And don’t forget that locally grown foods are likely to be fresher, tastier and safer for you and your family.
At Frankie & May Fresh Grocer, we’re sourcing local produce by working with local farms and cooperatives including: Liz & George, Rassie, Orton’s, Mercyhurst West Garden Project, Wiser and Clarion River Organics.
And just because summer is nearing its end, doesn’t mean we’re giving up on sourcing local produce. Frankie & May, in collaboration with Spring Harvest Farm in Cochranton, is pleased to announce Erie’s first Winter CSA. Winter greens, lettuces, and root vegetables will be available courtesy of Laban Kurtz and his hydroponic greenhouse, high tunnel and winter storage. Two plans will be available for $15/week or $10/week for Friday pick-up at Frankie & May Fresh Grocer.
So, together let’s work on the Ten Dollar Solution!
“The Ten Dollar Solution” is from our friends at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). For more information go to www.buylocalpa.org.
For more information about the Spring Harvest Farm 2012-2013 Winter CSA, call Frankie & May Fresh Grocer at 814.836.0070.