Buying Local with Neil from Fay Mountain Farm
A big advocate of shopping at your local business is Neil Johnson, operator of Fay Mountain Farm in Charlton, MA. This month marks the one year anniversary. As I spoke with Neil, he reminisced about his childhood, working on the farm with his Dad. Back then, his farm was entirely wholesale. Neil knew that he wanted something different. When he opened up Fay Mountain Farm last year, he opened the doors to a retail farm store. His farm perfectly depicts Charlton. Neil always has a large inventory of products that are produced in the community. Shopping locally is truly the inspiration for Fay Mountain. You can always find cheese, candles, jams, homemade and natural gifts as well as wood crafted items that are created by local artisans.
Buying from your community is truly fulfilling, but there is specifically one thing that you should make an effort to buy locally: That is the food you eat. Did you know that your grocery store food travels an average of 1500 miles before it gets to your plate?
The food you buy from local farmers or food artisans are the freshest and tastiest available. The produce is allowed to ripen fully in the field and brought directly to you: No long distance shipping. This food is as real as it gets.
At Fay Mountain Farm you can buy locally grown, healthy food. Fay Mountain Farm always has grass-fed beef and pork available for purchase. You can get your apples in the store or pick them yourself in the newly re-opened on-site orchard. There is also a large assortment of veggies to choose from including squash, corn, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, blueberries green beans and more! Did I miss anything on your grocery list?
The message to be learned here is that buying locally is important. It is great for the local economy and helps with the quality of your community. Most of all it is excellent for you and your family’s health and well-being. Be sure to take a look around your neighborhood and visit your local Mom and Pop establishment on your next shopping trip.