Maple Valley Farms/Farm Market
Open 5 Days a Week (May-November-) (December-April Saturdays only 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Monday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The concept of buying local is simply to buy food produced, grown, or raised as close to your home as possible. Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life. Eating locally grown, healthy food strengthens your family and our community.
Most fresh fruits and vegetables produced in the U.S. are shipped from California, Florida, and Washington. Many people today know that fresh food is better for them but many make their decisions to buy mass-produced food out of misconceptions of convenience, cost savings, and even quality. Fruits and vegetables shipped from distant states and countries can spend as many as seven to fourteen days in transit before they arrive in the supermarket.
Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.
There's never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer. Local family farmers spend their money with local merchants. The money stays in town where it benefits everyone and builds a stronger local economy. Educating our children on where our food comes from has many benefits also.
Family farms are an American tradition in danger of fading away. Family farms are an important part of the American tradition of self-sufficiency, forming the bedrock for communities across the U.S.