The movement to buy and eat locally grown food is catching on across the United States including in Central Virginia. The Local Food Hub in Albemarle County is in its third year and so far the non-profit has purchased about $750,000 worth of fruits, vegetables and goods from local farms.
Emily Manley, the outreach and communication manager at the Local Food Hub says fresh food has been distributed back into the community to schools, hospitals and food banks.
"I think it's a sort of a no brainer when you start to think about it. The food tastes better. It's fresher. You know where it came from so it's really exciting to see the demand growing so fast," Manley said.
University of Virginia Professor Tanya Denckla Cobb explains, more and more people want to know about the food they eat, where it comes from and build a relationship with their local farmer.
"It's about all of us at all income levels, cultures, colors, ages, religions are all interested in ways to take back control of our food," said Denckla Cobb.
Denckla Cobb says Americans' diets are full of convenience food that's processed food that is high in fat, sugar, and calories.
"Through the obesity and diabetes epidemic in our country, we're starting to be concerned about our children and the fact that they may not have a life expectancy as great as ours as their parents or grandparents because of the food that we've been eating," Denckla Cobb adds.
She thinks the movement is here to stay and says as oil prices go up corporations are going to have to find ways to buy food from local farms to cut transportation costs.
Jennifer Von Reuter joined the NBC29 news team in June 2009 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to joining NBC29, Jennifer worked as an anchor and reporter for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD. Email/Follow on Twitter/