With summer in full glory, local growers have bounty to offer, but who's buying? Have You Heard traveled to the Growers and Crafters Market in Medford and on to the campus of Southern Oregon University to ask women: What do you think about locally grown and prepared food? Does it matter to you and, if so, how important is it?
I think it's really important to purchase locally grown produce. It's fresher and healthier. Buying local promotes a sense of commitment that benefits us all.
I love local food. I would buy fresh local food before anything else. Shipped produce is picked green and not sweet. It doesn't have the flavor.
I think it's very important to buy local. It helps the local growers. The food tastes better and it's more nutritious than the shipped kind that grocery stores have. It's fresher and has more nutrition than the stuff picked three weeks ago.
It is very, very important to me. "Think globally; act locally" is a philosophy that, if we all followed, we would all be better off. I buy whatever is in season. When you buy it locally, you know it is ripe and tasty.
I think it's extremely important. I joined a community supported agriculture farm program run by Medford's long-time farming families at RoxyAnn Winery. One of the reasons I do, is my home is off Hillcrest and McAndrews. I look out over the orchards and I consider it a personal responsibility to preserve them. This valley is rich and in order to keep it that way, we all need to support it.
Locally grown food is good for you and better than the processed stuff that is in the stores. Even though it is a little more, I try to buy organically grown as much as possible.
I buy as much as I can locally. I think it's important to shop locally and support business and small farms. There are a lot of fuel and energy costs involved in bringing produce from around the world.
It's very important to me to buy locally. It does support the community and the farmers and keeps people together. Buying locally helps you know each other better. You know what is being put on your food. It saves money for consumers, because you don't have to pay all the shipping costs.
I think it's important for our economy and the people that work here that food be bought and prepared locally. I buy locally, though not as much as I should, since I can't always use my food stamps. I'm a vegetarian and a single mom. I think it's important for [your] health to eat fresh vegetables and food.