From the Field

The Newest Way to Celebrate Local Food Year Round – Canning Swaps! -Jessica Greenblatt Seeley, Deputy Director At FoodRoutes, we’re fortunate enough to hear a lot of inspiring stories about the work being done in communities across the country to support local food and farms. From Farmer/Chef “Speed Dating” to Iron Chef Farmers Market Challenges, we’ve learned about a lot of unique and creative ways to educate consumers and businesses about the importance of local food systems. Yet, I was pleasantly taken by surprise when two good friends visited our farm last weekend and told us about a brilliantly simple…

Farm to School

Schools should be a place where our children can thrive and form healthy habits that will last throughout their lives. Tragically, many school systems ? compelled by dwindling budgets and lack of community support ? are beginning to serve food catered by fast food restaurants, while kids are continuing to eat fatty, non-nutritious foods. Did You Know? Only 2 percent of America?s children meet all the recommendations of the USDA?s Food Guide Pyramid (USDA, Eat Smart, Play Hard). Less than 20 percent eat the recommended servings of vegetables and less than 15 percent eat the recommended serving of fruit (USDA,…

Chapter Directory

(This page is currently being updated to include website links for all of the smaller Local chapters that fall under Regional Chapters, for the most up to date information please click on the link for the Regional Chapter in your state to see if there is a local chapter near you) Alabama: Regional Chapter -Covers entire state California Regional Chapter Illinois Central Illinois Local Chapter: Covers the following counties-Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Iroquois, Jersey, Knox, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion,…

Buy Local Initiative

About Buy Fresh Buy Local Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters are popping up in every community across the USA! Check to see if a chapter is located near you or in your state CHAPTERS LIST or contact FoodRoutes if you are interested in starting a chapter at info@foodroutes.org Take the Buy Local Challenge by pledging to spend just $10/week or more on local food and make a difference in your community! See the latest news of what Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapters are doing around the country. Start a local Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter! Click here, to learn how…

Farm to College

College students: do you want delicious, nutritious local foods in your university or college cafeteria? You can start a Farm to College program to get your school’s food service to purchase food from local farmers. Because they order food in large quantities, colleges and universities have big potential for supporting local foods. By starting a Farm to College program at your university, you help make a difference for local farmers in your community and get to enjoy the benefits of safe, healthy food. FoodRoutes Network has partnered with the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and the National Campaign for Sustainable…

Buy Local Challenge

Sign On and Show Your Support for Local Food Sign up for free now ? enter for a chance to win a free Buy Local Gift Basket. When you purchase local food, you’ll get a wealth of benefits. You’ll get exceptional taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support family farms, safeguard your family’s health, and protect the environment. Now you can show your support for local food and farms by signing on to FoodRoutes’ “Buy Local” Challenge. Just enter your information on the challenge form and click “submit.” Everyone who signs up in 2007 will also be entered in…

FAQs

What is a foodshed? The term “foodshed” is similar to the concept of a watershed: while watersheds outline the flow of water supplying a particular area, foodsheds outline the flow of food feeding a particular area. Your foodshed encompasses the farm, your table and everything in between. The modern US foodshed includes the entire world. Much of our food traverses the globe to reach our dinner table. In fact, food can often travel back and forth thousands of miles to different processing plants before it eventually reaches you. Foodsheds are particularly useful in describing and promoting local food systems. When…

The Best Tasting Food Ripens Close to Home

The Freshest, Most Flavorful Food is Just Around the Corner Food travels on average 1,300 miles from farm to table.1 Most fresh fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. are shipped from California, Florida, and Washington.2 Fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to fourteen days in transit before they arrive in the supermarket.3 Most fruit and vegetable varieties sold in supermarkets are chosen for their ability to withstand industrial harvesting equipment and extended travel not taste. This results in little variety in the plants grown. Taste the difference in fresh, local…

There Are Many Good Reasons To Buy Locally Grown Food

You’ll get exceptional taste and freshness. Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. You’ll strengthen your local economy. Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities. You’ll support endangered family farms. There’s never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase,…

BFBL Chapters

Buy Fresh Buy Local ® chapters are popping up in communities across the US! To find your local BFBL Chapter, check out the chapter list below or contact us. Our chapter affiliates are connecting consumers in communities throughout the country to the freshest, most delicious locally grown and locally produced foods available. Through outreach education, fun events, festivals, farmers markets and by supporting local food system revitalization, our chapter members and chapter affiliates are hard at work expanding the availability and quality of locally grown and produced foods. Can’t find a BFBL Chapter near you? Start a BFBL Chapter in your community.…