Albany County Bounty: Support Local Farms & Agriculture!
Many people live and work in Albany and the surrounding suburbs but few
realize that just a short drive away, our county's farmers are working hard on
their small family farms to provide fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, meats,
and milk. In Albany County, farmers own and care for approximately 60,000 acres
of privately owned land. These lands are not only a valuable soil resource for
food production, but they also serve as wildlife habitat and buffers to water
resources, and enhance the scenic landscape. By promoting local products and
keeping our small farms in business, we can maintain the many benefits that
farms and farmland provide.
Why Eat and Buy Local?
- Local food is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better.
- Local food is a better value as you pay
for freshness and taste, not packaging, refrigeration and freight.
- Buying local offers the security of knowing where your food comes
from and how it was produced. Maintaining a local food supply also
ensures that local residents will have an adequate supply of fresh,
- Local food is more environmentally friendly. Local food
travels an average of 40 miles to your plate, compared to an average of 1500
miles for most supermarket produce, reducing fuel consumption and improving
- Buying locally grown food supports the local economy by
keeping your dollars in the community and providing economic opportunities
for people in rural communities.
- Supporting local farms helps preserve farmland and our valued
- Keeping agriculture in Albany County helps us
sustain our heritage, the tradition of farming in our community, and our
quality of life.