Use this site to inform yourself.
Use this site to shop directly from local farms and ranches.
Use this site to advocate for more local options at your grocery stores.
Use this site to connect with your farming and ranching neighbors.
We would like you to use this database so that you can support your local farms. The best thing you can do is buy from your local farms directly. Why? Because your average farmer is only receiving approximately .15 cents for every dollar spent at a grocery store, while at the same time, our farms are in crisis.
So, if you can, the best thing to do is cut out the middleman and buy directly from the farm. You’ll be able to see where your food comes from, talk to the people who grow it, and strengthen your local community.
The next best thing you can do, if you can’t visit the farm to buy directly, is to buy their products at your local grocery store. Let the store know that you appreciate them carrying local products and that it’s something you specifically shop for.
If your local stores are lacking in local representation on the shelves, we ask that you take action and suggest that you ask to speak to the Produce Manager, or better yet, the Store Manager. Let them know that you care about how far your food travels, the conditions it is grown under, and that small/medium sized farms and ranches are able to stay in business. They may give you a long list of excuses of why they will not or can not carry those farms and ranches products, but this is usually a matter of convenience for the store. We have to be okay with asking the stores to be “inconvenienced” by carrying local and smaller farms/ranches. Our local farms and ranches have been going bankrupt during the last 10 years, and one of the main reasons why is because those local farms and ranches are being passed over for products from “Big Ag”. Don’t allow this to happen in your community - if they would like their store to thrive economically, they should also want it for the larger community - including our farmers and ranchers that live only a few miles from where we are shopping.