Last week, we stopped at Northern Orchard farm in Peru. Bought a lot of products straight from the farm, including strawberries, apples and syrup.
Moving further, we also stopped at the Asgaard farm to check their famous goat cheeses (see more on Asgaard here), and after picking a couple, we eventually stopped at Sugarhouse Creamery in Upper Jay, to salivate over their incredible cow cheeses.
Needless to say, we are foodies. But, more importantly, we like to buy local, supporting our local businesses and farmers. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun, all of it makes our community home. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.
We also like to visit the local farmer markets, from Saranac Lake to Keene Valley and Lake Placid. Stopping there means selecting from the finest and the best local produce that money can buy. It also means meeting with the proud and kind farmers who waste no time explaining their production techniques. It’s fun talking to the folks that are growing the food we’re eating. They will give you the opportunity to taste their products as well.
Shopping at these local markets says we support local growers, productive use of the land and water, preservation of agricultural land, passing on the knowledge of the agriculture heritage to future generations and bolstering our rural economies. When you shop at the farmers market, everybody wins!