Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Food
Locally grown food tastes better because it's fresher
and ripened on the vine.
Food grown at Bartlett's is picked to maximize freshness, flavor, quality and taste. Much of it is harvested within two hours of when it goes in the market. We pick tomatoes and melons ripe and ready to eat -
they haven't been sitting on a refrigerated truck for a week before reaching us!
Local food supports local farm families.
With fewer than one million Americans now claiming farming as their primary occupation, farmers are a vanishing breed.
Local food preserves genetic diversity.
We grow a large number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest; an array of eye-catching colors, and the best flavors. Many are heirlooms, chosen for flavor, not for shipping.
Local food builds community.
When you buy direct from the farmer, you are re-establishing a time-honored connection between your family and the farmer. Knowing the farmer gives you insight into the seasons, the weather, and the miracle of raising food. When you take one of our tours, you and your children and can learn about nature and agriculture.
Local food preserves open space.
Do you enjoy the view when you drive or bike out to the farm? When you buy locally grown food, you are doing something proactive about preserving the agricultural landscape.
Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
A well-managed family farm is a place where the resources of fertile soil and clean water are valued. As good stewards of the land, we grow cover crops to prevent soil erosion and replace nutrients used by vegetable crops.
Local food is about the future.
By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.
When you leave Nantucket, please support your local farmer wherever you live!
Look for the Farm-Grown logo to see which produce is grown right here at the farm!