Local produce markets are on the rise. Between 2008 and 2014, direct sales of local food grew from $5 billion to $12 billion and are projected to exceed $20 billion by 2020. There are no signs of this trend stopping as the demand for fresh, organic and locally grown vegetables increases. This market growth is fueled by higher quality products and people’s desire to want to better understand where their food comes from. Squarefoot Gardens’ goals include just that - producing the highest quality produce for our local communities. You may have noticed another trend that’s happening. Chain stores, even those with a large geographic footprint, are starting to put locally grown and sourced products on their shelves as well. But when you take a step back you realize that, overwhelmingly, their offering is based on large supply chain agricultural distribution. With pressures on industrial agriculture due to changing climate, trade uncertainty and questionable practices of pesticide and fertilizer usage, there will be room for the locally grown movement to expand further in the coming years. So let’s get familiar with the benefits of why locally grown is better than store bought, every time.