Letter: Keep farmers farming ... buy locally grown food

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To the Editor:

Thank you to Jennifer Huberdeau and The Eagle's editorial staff for your focus on how to add local food to a household pantry and food budget ("Start by buying one locally sourced food item," Nov. 22).

Not only does our health and enjoyment of a meal increase when we eat locally grown food, local sourcing of ingredients supports our neighbors who farm the land we drive by every day — the rural landscape that is the Berkshires. The beautiful farmland of the Berkshires — whether it's rows of radishes, fields of hay, or cows peacefully grazing on a hillside — is the heart and soul of the Berkshire landscape.

At Berkshire Grown, our goal is to keep farmers farming. Buying locally sourced food does just that. When you buy locally grown vegetables, stock up on cookies from a local baker or cook with sauerkraut from a local producer, you support farmers who work hard every day to grow healthy food. It's these basic connections between people, farms and food that strengthen our local food economy, and every time you add local food to your table or pantry, you invest in our community.

Thank you, Berkshire Eagle, for shining a light on local food and farmers.

Margaret Moulton,

Great Barrington

Margaret Moulton is the executive director of Berkshire Grown.



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