A hot topic that is picking up more steam and energy as it goes along is the issue of buying local. Supporting local farmers is key. It keeps them in business and keeps you stocked with fresh produce, dairy, and meats. Farmers markets are starting to spring up everywhere so that people can have access to farm fresh local ingredients.
Grocery stores are starting to carry produce from local farmers and making sure to label them so costumers know what they are buying. Around the Columbus area, off the top of my head, I can name three stores:
All strive to make local produce available to their customers.
Buying organic is also a hot issue right now. People want clean fresh food. Not food that has been drenched in chemicals and pesticides. People want some control over the things they buy and a major demand is organic produce.
Those two things seem to go hand-in-hand; Fresh local produce that is organically grown.
But what if it isn’t? What if the local produce available to you or that you have access to isn’t organic? What do you do? Which is more important to you?
If you head to a local farmer’s market and check out the produce, if it is not organic do you still buy it?
If you are in the grocery store and see a sign for some local produce and it’s not organic, do you pass it up for produce that is labeled organic?
Or flip it, would you pick local over organic when presented with the option?
A lot of times I’ll see produce being labeled as local in the store but the label does not mention if the item is organic or conventional. Should I flag down a worker and ask? At a farmer’s market one has access to the owners, so asking about the produce is a little easier. At a store, someone might not have the answer.
Both of these topics are hot button issues and they get discussed a lot because both of them are important. But what if the local produce you have access to is not organic? What do you pick, local or organic?