Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks To A Boom In GreenhouseGrowingTheres a greenhouse boom around the country, thanks in part to the "buy local" move-ment. Paul Mock grows tomatoes, herbs and other veggies year-round in his BerkeleySprings, W.Va., greenhouse and sells to groceries and restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic.Allison Aubrey/NPRIt may sound like an oxymoron: a delicious local, winter tomato — especially if youhappen to live in a cold climate.But increasingly, farmers from West Virginia to Maine and through the Midwest are go-
“I enjoy shopping at Whole Foods nearly asmuch as I enjoy browsing a good bookstore,which, come to think of it, is probably noaccident. Shopping at Whole Foods is aliterary experience too.”
“...I would much rather use my money tokeep my neighborhood productive andhealthy than export my dollars 500 milesaway to get pure product thats really coatedin diesel fuel.”
Shopping at places like WholeFoods is appealing and there aresome great products, but doesspending your money theresupport your values?
Story 3:Meet David Warner,Owner of City Feed(described by Bryan in roughly 30s)
David Warner owns City Feed in JamaicaPlain, a store that supports local businessesand farms, selling as many local products aspossibleDavid grew up working on farm in Missouriso he knows about how to create foodfrom the ground up, literally.
According to David, buying local is crucialbecause it helps to support local business,preserve the landscape, support thebiodiversity that comes from small-scaleagriculture and preserve food/economicsecurity because local producers offer directaccountability. The more degrees ofseparation between you and your food—theless accountability there is.To ensure this accountability, vote with yourdollars.