Why Local? The Benefits of Eating Local
You can’t get any fresher than from down the road….
Our farm (Mountain Flower Farm) produces herbs and vegetables for the store and to use in the cafe. We also compost all of our food waste on our farm.
What we can’t grow ourselves on our small farm we buy as locally as we can. Little Field Farm in Eaton provides us with fresh free range organic eggs, which we use exclusively in our cafe and sell in our market, as well as lots of seasonal produce. Earle Family Farm in Conway, Pork Hill Farm in Ossipee, White Gates Farm in Tamworth, and Fly Away Farm in Stow, ME (just over the hill) provide regular produce deliveries of spectacular quality and freshness. Grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and raised with the care of committed and passionate farmers, these vegetables are BEYOND ORGANIC.
We sell local grass-fed naturally raised bison from Beech Hill Ranch in North Waterford, Maine (just over the border), and our beef comes from Peppermint Field Farm in Fryeburg, Maine. It’s pasture raised, offering optimum nutrition. We get weekly deliveries of farm fresh milk from Sherman Farms in East Conway. They do not use bovine growth hormone or medicated feed in the raising of their cows, and we love the fact that their bottles are returnable and reusable! We are also now carry raw and 100% grass fed milk from Brookford Farm in Canterbury, NH.
Support your local farmers and artisans by buying local. It feels good to know your money is helping to support a local family. And not only is it good for your community, it’s also good for the planet. Most vegetables, even if purchased domestically, are shipped from California, Florida or Washington requiring large amounts of fossil fuel. The more we can buy locally, the less we are contributing to the detrimental environmental effects of fossil fuel consumption.
Another benefit to eating local food is the variety that you can get from local sources. Most produce shipped commercially is grown for its ability to “travel” and not for its simple deliciousness or nutrient content. When food doesn’t have to travel such long distances, sheer taste can decide which varieties are offered. This enables a diversity of tasty offerings not possible with commercially grown organic produce.
We also sell as many locally produced all-natural products as we can. Mommy’s Muffins, Good Vibes Coffee, Thorn Hill Maple Sweets, Garden Dreams, Leslie David, and Believe in Books are just some of the local businesses we are proud to support. We display works from local artisans for enjoyment and resale and enjoy their beautification while it’s here. And we are always looking for new local products to carry in the store.