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BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL GUIDE

BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL PUBLISHES ANNUAL GUIDE TO LOCAL FOODS

Lancaster: This week, Lancaster Buy Fresh Buy Local published its Annual Guide to Local Foods. For a downloadable copy of the Guide, click here. Buy Fresh Buy Local® is a nationwide, grassroots program managed by the FoodRoutes Network, with Pennsylvania chapters coordinated by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Lancaster Buy Fresh Buy Local® is spearheaded locally by The Local Economy Center of Franklin & Marshall College.

The Buy Fresh Buy Local® label stands for quality foods grown and raised on Lancaster County farms. Look for it in stores, at farm stands, on menus and at your farmers market. The businesses or farms using this label are Partners of Lancaster Buy Fresh Buy Local® and have satisfied criteria that demonstrate their commitment to our mission of supporting local farms. These Partner criteria are more stringent than those for being listed in this Guide to Local Foods, and Partner businesses represent a network of farms and food purveyors you can rely on for the best foods our County has to offer. Look for the BFBL PARTNER sign at businesses that sell local foods and tell them you prefer locally grown.

IN ORDER TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS GUIDE TO LOCAL FOODS…

Businesses have to meet the requirements that are outlined below.

  • In all cases, “locally grown” refers to grown in Lancaster County. Farms, Wineries and CSA s must be selling food primarily grown by themselves.
  • Farmers Markets must be made up primarily of local growers and producers.
  • Restaurants and Specialty Food Products must offer at least one item with a primary ingredient grown on a local farm.
  • Retail Markets and Distributors must offer a significant proportion of locally grown food out of all the food that they sell. Not everything they offer is locally grown, but the locally grown items should be clearly labeled as such.
  • Service businesses, including B&Bs, caterers and cooking schools, must use or promote locally grown foods in conducting their business or offer services that are integrally involved with the production of locally grown food.

At a time when everything about our modern food system urges us not to bother, we say go for it! Finding and preparing fresh local foods every day, in every season is possible and easy with the bounty Lancaster County provides. Growing numbers of farms, restaurants, and businesses make these foods available throughout Lancaster. It’s important to remember that eating local isn’t all or nothing. Do what you can to shop for local foods where you can when you can. This guidebook helps you to do just that by expanding awareness of and connecting you with the many options available countywide every day of the week and week of the year to buy fresh and buy local!