Pick-Your-Own Produce Makes Buying Local Easier and More Enjoyable

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This summer, visit your local farms at the height of fruit and vegetable season where you can pick-your-own produce, eat healthy and buy local. Thanks to the Web site, Rural Bounty, families can discover agritourism destinations throughout North America who offer the unique experience of picking your own strawberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, apples, pumpkins and even Christmas trees.

Father and daughter picking a peach at a local family farm.

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The exploding interest of buying local has turned consumers to shop at family farms, farmer's markets and u-pick destinations. With some food items traveling up to 1,800 miles just to reach your refrigerator, buying local adds to the ease of knowing where your food came from and creates the perfect recipe for an afternoon among your family; many agritourism farms offer children's activities, live music and special events during the summer months.

An easy one-stop-shop, many farms offer both fruits and vegetables. Freeze or can your produce for an extra treat of farm, fresh taste during those winter months - nothing beats a homegrown peach during January. As one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by farmers, stop by your local farm or farmer's market today and meet the farmer who grew and raised the produce - ask them questions or simply thank them for their contributions.

Annually, Americans consume more than $600 billion in food and in most communities, food is purchased entirely at a grocery store or market. With only about 7% of local food dollars staying in the community, farmers need your support to buy local.

For more information about agritourism destinations in North America such as, local farms, pick-your-own, farmer's market's, u-pick, ranches or wineries, visit http://www.ruralbounty.com and http://www.ruralbounty.ca.

MEDIA NOTES: You may download images to illustrate this story, and the Rural Bounty logo at this link: http://www.ruralbounty.com/mediaresources

To view videos about agritourism, visit our YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuralBounty

If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jane Eckert, please call 314/862-6288

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