Eating local means more for the local economy. A dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community at every transaction.
Locally grown produce is fresher. Most produce has been in transit or cold-stored for days or weeks. Freshness affects both the taste of your food and the nutritional value.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen & taste better. Locally grown fruit does not have to be shipped thousands of miles and is allowed to ripen until the last possible minute on the vine.
Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we can eat foods when they are at their peak flavor and nutrition, are the most abundant - and the least expensive.
Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story. Knowing part of the story about your food is part of enjoying a meal.
Eating local means greater food security. Food with less distance to travel from farm to plate has less susceptibility to harmful contamination.Local food translates to more variety. Farmers can try small crops of unusual and heirloom varieties that would probably never make it to a large market.