Do you know where your “local” fruits and vegetables come from? Co-owner of Buckingham Farms, TJ Cannamela, talks about the importance of knowing when and where your crops are coming from, and also how they were treated. He strives to grow fresh vegetables, year round, without the use of pesticides or other chemicals. One way to do this is through the use of hydroponics, which cuts water usage down by 80%, results in quicker plant growth, and eliminates the need for pesticides.
Cannamela advises people to be cautious and ask questions when buying from local markets. He acknowledges a few businesses in the area that stay true to the way many of us perceive the terms “local” and “fresh”. Which to many of us, means having been picked this morning. The state recognizes the term “local” to be in reference to a 250 mile radius around your business. How would you define it?