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2016-06-01 / Opinion

Local is the Question

Farmers Markets or Farmstands, CSAs or the Store
By Abby Butler


Vanessa Brown Delhi “We buy produce and fruit locally because it’s fresh and not processed. It’s important to support the local community, plus the food is better. I wish that grocery stores would buy more produce locally.” Vanessa Brown Delhi “We buy produce and fruit locally because it’s fresh and not processed. It’s important to support the local community, plus the food is better. I wish that grocery stores would buy more produce locally.” Grocery stores, farmers markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSA), personal gardens: there are a lot of ways to obtain fresh food in Delaware County, especially in the summer.

For some, buying local is vitally important and participating in farmers markets and CSAs are a big part of that. For others, stopping at the farm stand on the way home from work for some fresh corn and vegetables is an iconic part of a Delaware County summer. Others focus on the ultralocal - their own gardens - while some choose to buy from the chain groceries in the area.

We asked local residents whether they buy fresh produce, fruit and meat locally, where they frequent and why. Here are their responses:


Bob DeDominicis Delhi I buy from Price Chopper and Aldi because it’s cheap.

Bob DeDominicis Delhi I buy from Price Chopper and Aldi because it’s cheap.



Kyle Cantwell, Delhi We do buy locally because it stays fresher and it’s better than WalMart. Kyle Cantwell, Delhi We do buy locally because it stays fresher and it’s better than WalMart.

Lois Bender, Delhi “I buy produce and flowers from the farmer’s market in order to keep money in the community.” Lois Bender, Delhi “I buy produce and flowers from the farmer’s market in order to keep money in the community.”

Gloria Tait, Delhi “I buy baked goods and produce from the farmer’s market in the square. I get as much locally as I can.” Gloria Tait, Delhi “I buy baked goods and produce from the farmer’s market in the square. I get as much locally as I can.”

April Gilbert, Delhi “I buy local produce and I work at the Walton Big M. They buy local produce in the summer and Jim is very open to purchasing locally.” April Gilbert, Delhi “I buy local produce and I work at the Walton Big M. They buy local produce in the summer and Jim is very open to purchasing locally.”

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