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Kentucky agriculture commissioner urges residents to spend 10 percent of food dollars on local fare

by Staff

State Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer is asking Kentucky families to commit 10 percent of their food dollars to locally grown food in 2014, saying it would generate more than $500 million for the state’s farms and agriculture-related businesses.

Tending to a Kentucky farm

Tending to a Kentucky farm

“That would have a tremendous impact on the economy in every corner of the commonwealth, rural as well as urban,” Comer said in a press release. “Just as important, Kentuckians would eat more fresh, nutritious food, which is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the miles their food travels.”

Louisville has no shortage of farmers markets and other locations to pick up locally grown vegetables, meats, bread and more; here’s a map of Louisville farmers  markets and other “fresh stops” provided by Louisville Metro Government. Meanwhile, search for Kentucky Proud products and producers at the Kentucky Proud website.

Hey, or at least grow some tomatoes in your back yard. Doesn’t get more local than that.

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