February Green Business Tip

Why Circle Food Store Buys Local

Whether you are buying food for yourself, your family, or your business, buying local is the best way to support a sustainable economy that keeps food dollars circulating within our own communities. Circle Food Store has been dedicated to promoting fresh, local produce and products for over 78 years. In fact, even before Circle Food Store was a full-service grocery store, the owners were produce salesmen who sold fresh & local produce from their produce cart at the very site that the store stands today. Their decision to buy local is a commitment to participate in a more sustainable, self-supporting economy for the region. Since reopening after Katrina, Circle Food Store has rededicated itself to:

  • Building relationships with multiple local farms and food producers to provide not only fresh produce, but also products produced from these farms such as local honey, syrups, and even hot sauce.
  • Educating the community on the importance of eating local, healthy products.
  • Switched beef and veal suppliers to a local rancher right outside of Louisiana to offer fresher beef directly to consumers a few days after being slaughtered and cut by Circle’s in-house butcher.

Focusing on eating locally-grown produce and locally-made products is not only a way to stay connected to your local community, but is also proven to be fresher and better tasting. What does this mean for you and your family?

  1. Local foods are more fresh and ripe. – Since they don’t have to travel as far as food from other areas, local foods are produced, picked, and available for purchase FAST! So they stay fresh and better tasting long after purchase!
  2. Local food is healthier! – Essential nutrients are less likely to be lost during transit and long commutes.
  3. Local foods are more transparent! This means you are able to learn exactly what is used to grow and produce your foods. It’s also easier to build and maintain direct relationships with your farmers and producers, allowing you to have a greater connection to your community.Circle Foods team pic

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