Here at locavore, we hope to encourage consumers to shop local. That means buying locally grown and produced products that boost local retailers and also help preserve the environment as they haven’t traveled miles to get to you. 


We look into the reasoning behind doing your shopping at farmers’ markets or in small independent stores and provide plenty of tips and inspiration along the way.


People are becoming more aware of where their food comes from and the environmental price that is often paid for food that travels great distances to get to their plates.


Canadians are changing the way they eat, whether that’s by buying vegetables straight from the field of local farmers, or by growing their veg in a city allotment or rooftop gardens.

Locavore regularly publishes interesting articles

to help boost your eco-credentials.

We encourage you to eat seasonal fruits and veg which are locally grown. Rather than eating apples and carrots that have flown from the other side of the world, wrapped in plastic. When you shop local, you’ll find fantastic produce which is fresh and tasty. 

Vegetables could even be pulled out of the ground and then end up on your plate on the same day. Locally produced items can be bought from butchers, bakers, farmers’ markets and farm shops as well as pick your own farms.


If you shop local, it also benefits the local economy as a decent percentage of the profits will go straight to the farmer. The food is also likely to contain more nutrients, especially if you choose food from an organic farm and will also have less packaging as well as a short field-to-fork journey. 



Another great reason to shop local is that you can often try something before buying it. Farm shops and farmers’ markets have free samples available, and you can also talk to the people who have grown the food.


They will be happy to give you advice and could even tell you the best way to cook the food, give you a recipe, or even advise you if you have a dietary requirement.


Many people see it as a challenge to see how much of their food they can buy locally; you’d be surprised by how easy it is. Why not avoid the supermarkets this week and try to buy all your groceries from local and independent shops as well as greengrocers and farmers’ markets?

Its not just food that you can buy locally

There are probably lots of little craft shops or boutiques in your local area. These are great for gifts, you can buy locally made art, jewellery, or even wooden toys while talking to the artisans and finding out about their creative process.