With our "summer home" surrounded by farms, one of the things I wanted to do was shop local and support nearby farmers as often as possible. We buy a lot of our produce, eggs and even meat from nearby farms and I must say, it feels good to buy direct like this, for many reasons:
1) The food doesn't get any fresher than buying it an hour out of the ground.
2) We're directly supporting local families.
3) We're helping the local economy.
4) We're builiding new relationships and learning about the area around us.