Buying locally grown and produced food is not only better for you and your family, it is also better for your community. Did you know that the average meal consumed in the United States travels 1500 miles from farm to plate? In the 1900s, 40 cents of every dollar spent on food went to the farmer. Today, only 7 cents of every dollar spent on food goes to the farmer. The rest is spent on packaging, storage, marketing, and shipping. Buying local helps to put some more of that money back into the local economy. There is no strict definition for mileage of local food, but generally anything grown within 50 to 100 mile radius is considered local.
At Pettit Pastures, we raise our Grass fed beef right in the heart of Minnesota. We have our beef harvested at the local butcher. We also purchase our farm supplies, seed, hay, fuel, and all the other products it takes to keep our farm going from retailers right here in Minnesota. All this spending helps to keep our communities growing. While it may be difficult or impossible to buy all your food locally, any amount of your food you can purchase locally will benefit you, your family, and your community. To learn more about the benefits of buying local click here.