Buy Local Food
You don't need to be a "localvore" to support your local farms and food producers! Our farmers and food producers are our neighbors, customers, friends and members of THIS community. There are many ways that our purchases, food preparation and eating habits can contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our working lands by shifting a bit towards "local".
Use our Locally Grown Guide
RAFFL's Locally Grown Guide is the go-to resource for visitors, locals and buyers to local food in our food-shed. Find markets, stands, grocery stores, restaurants and independent farmers and producers you can support throughout southern Vermont. Published annually and distributed every May, you can find the guide on-line, at your favorite local business, visitor center and in our office in Rutland.
Purchase from Farm Fresh Connect
Is time an issue? Try using Farm Fresh Connect, an on-line local food market that is open year round and delivers to sites all around Rutland County.
Join a CSA
Join a local farm's Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), where you purchase a "share" of food and then receive the harvest throughout the season. A win-win!
Attend on-farm visits or events that support local agriculture, farmers and the organizations that support them. Visit farms during Open Farm week or ride/volunteer in Farm to Fork Fondo. Learn and support local farms by attending one of our Everyday Chef workshops.
Cook at home
Prepare a meal (or two, or three!) that incorporates at least one local ingredient. Carrots, beets, potatoes, herbs...the choices are endless and not only is it healthy, but it won't break the bank.