11 Big Benefits to Using Local Organic Produce at Your Restaurant

11 Reasons Why Local Organic Produce Is Good for Restaurants

Small restaurants and diners are always looking for something new and interesting for their menus to put them ahead of the competition. Small business trends spoke with Derin Alemli, Founder and CEO of Square Roots Kitchen about the advantages of adding local organic produce.

Reasons Why Local Organic Produce Is Good for Restaurants

Local Organic Produce is Better Quality

“The number one thing about sourcing as locally as you can is you’ll get better quality from smaller producers than you would from larger places that have bigger spoilage buckets built in to their budgets,” Alemli says.

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Local Organic Produce Can Save You Money

The smaller producers don’t need to be policed as much as their bigger counterparts. Having that kind of trust translates into a cost savings for the restaurant when they don’t need to use staff to watch shipments as closely for things like quality.

Local Organic Produce Helps the Local Economy

A rising tide floats all boats and buying from your community helps everyone in the vicinity. Not only does this keep the money circulating in your vicinity, it helps to build relationships and networking possibilities.

In short, using local organic produce at your restaurant is a win-win situation.

Local Organic Produce is Fresher

Sourcing produce over large distances means the produce needs to be prepared for shipping.

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“If you need to package things that means there’s a little longer term thought that goes into the process,” Alemli says. “That means more frozen stuff and freezer packs. Through the lifecycle of the kind of product you’re going to see some degradation.”

Local Organic Produce Makes for Great Marketing

Local produce provides excellent taglines and even keywords like farm fresh and locally grown. These phrases and others like them are excellent selling points that you can use in a variety of marketing campaigns.

Local Organic Produce Is Available All Year Long

Local organic produce is about a lot more than just fruits and vegetables. When you add different kinds of baked goods and pastries as well as poultry and even dairy products to the mix, you can feature something local all year long.

Local Organic Produce is Healthier

Local produce is picked when it’s fresh at peak ripeness.  There’s more nutritional value because there’s a shorter time to table in your restaurant. No artificial chemicals have been added.

Local Organic Produce Boosts Your Brand

“There’s a big value add when people can trust you as a healthy brand with high quality ingredients,” Alemli says. “That boost to brand reputation is a big selling point.”

Local Organic Produce Reduces Your Carbon Footprint

Local organic produce travels fewer miles to wind up on your restaurant menu and that means your lowering your carbon footprint.

Local Organic Produce Creates Jobs

Recent studies have pointed to the fact that local organic produce creates jobs at a rate almost 3 times higher than one’s from wholesale channels. It’s another feather in your hat that boosts the local economy and your brand at the same time.

Local Organic Produce Has a Lower Risk of Contamination

Salmonella bacteria is one of the most common forms of food contamination. Other hazards include parasites and viruses. The larger any food supply operation, the more chance one of these contaminants has a way of slipping through.

Farmers keep a better eye on their local organic produce so the chance of contamination drops.

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Rob Starr Rob Starr is a staff writer for Small Business Trends. Rob is a freelance journalist and content strategist/manager with three decades of experience in both print and online writing. He currently works in New York City as a copywriter and all across North America for a variety of editing and writing enterprises.

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  1. Aside from being perfect ingredients for restaurants, it seems that more and more customers prefer organic.

  2. Local foods are fresher. Fruits and vegetables begin to lose nutrients as soon as they are picked. Buying local produce cuts down travel time from farm to table.

    Local foods are seasonal. True, it would be great to have fresh tomatoes and berries all year round, but eating seasonally means avoiding “artificial ripening” with gases or eating a bland version of a fruit or vegetable that’s been shipped thousands of miles. Eating seasonally results in the most delicious and nutrient-dense produce.

    Local foods are better for the environment. Some foods are shipped literally thousands of miles; that is a big carbon footprint that could be avoided by purchasing local and seasonal foods.

    Local foods preserve green space and farmland. The environmental question of where your food comes from is bigger than its carbon footprint. Buying foods grown and raised closer to where you live helps maintain farmland and green space in your area.

    Local foods promote food safety. Less distance between your food’s source and your kitchen table leaves less of a chance of contamination.

    Local foods promote variety. Local foods create a greater variety of foods. Farmers who run CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs, sell at farmers markets, and provide food to local restaurants have the demand and the economic support for raising more types of produce and livestock.

  3. The freshness is the biggest win. That helps the food to taste better, which is the ultimate measure of your success. The potential cost savings and the marketing help are just bonuses.