Op Ed: Dan White, co-founder, Localvore.co and Localvore Passport App

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Let your tastebuds do the buying this holiday season

Eating Local Means Eating Better

I know most of you have heard about the importance of eating (and shopping) local. It’s better for your health. It keeps more money in the local economy. It strengthens community because you know the people who are growing your food. It supports farms and improves soil health. It’s better for the environment (reducing food miles and carbon footprint). All of this is true. But what it really comes down to – and a big reason why it matters to us – is because it actually tastes better!

For that fact alone – because it tastes better – if it’s within our financial budget (or close to), it’s truly the easiest thing we can do as consumers to create a more sustainable world. Sure, some people will say that not all local food tastes better, and even come up with a few examples to base those opinions on such as, “Just look at a Big Mac from McDonald’s,”…or “the non-local kimchi you get at Price Chopper is amazing,” or “Dunkin’ Donuts has the best donuts.”

That’s where I say, “Have you devoured a 400 Burger from ArtsRiot? Have you forked through a jar of Pitchfork Farm’s Full Send Kimchi because you don’t need it with anything else? Have you ever dunked with a Miss Weirnerz doughnut?

So here’s my “Localvore Challenge” to you this holiday season. The next time you think about dining out or buying gift cards for the holiday season, think about frequenting locally-owned restaurants that source their ingredients locally and regionally whenever possible. Maybe even try something new!

Once you find something you love, why not take advantage of a purchase that’s also helping to create a better world to live in. Because local food is better for you, better for your community, and better for the planet we call home. And, that’s what makes it taste even better than simply what your taste buds can register!

In the end, “At its heart, eating local means celebrating the fact that the best flavors are from home.”

  • Dan White is co-founder of Localvore.co and the Localvore Passport app. Localvore’s mission is to build healthy and happy communities through a shared love for sustainable shopping and dining via a social platform (Localvore Passport) that allows people to explore, support, and connect with like-minded businesses.

To find local restaurants sourcing from local farms and food producers, check out the Localvore Passport app. Download the app in the iOS or Google Play store and take advantage of our $60 annual pass sale going on now for a full year of discovering and eating local. To learn more visit our website at: https://www.localvorepassport.com/about/.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in journalism from the University of New York at Buffalo (UB). She started her writing career as the full-time reporter and photographer for the Hardwick Gazette. She has held various marketing, writing and social media positions in New York and Vermont for companies including the Williston Observer, JapanLink Translations, Data Innovations, Quinlan & Company and most recently Gelia. At Gelia, she developed and executed a suite of social media offerings for the agency’s clients. She currently serves on the board of the Northeast Kingdom Arts Council (NEKarts), which manages the programming and preservation of the historic Hardwick Town House, and also serves on the board of Four Seasons of Early Learning, a non-profit early education organization offering nature-based preschool, infant and toddler care in Greensboro Bend. Kelly grew up surrounded by farms in Western New York so she fits right in on her husband’s family farm, Snug Valley Farm, in East Hardwick. The Nottermanns produce grass-fed beef, pasture raised heritage pork, grass-fed lamb and five acres of pumpkins. She lives with her husband Ben, son, two dogs, one cat, an undisclosed amount of chickens and an accidental flock of sheep in Hardwick.