Buying Local

buying local grown produceNew York State Suppliers

Studies have found that food from the conventional system travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from “field to fork”, buying local food compares to an average of 50 to 60 miles. “Food miles” refer to the distance a food item travels from the farm to your home. The food miles for items you buy in the grocery store tend to be 27 times higher than the food miles for goods bought from local sources. A tremendous amount of fossil fuel is used to transport foods such long distances. Combustion of these fuels releases carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and other pollutants into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate change, acid rain, smog and air pollution. Even the refrigeration required to keep fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats from spoiling burns up energy.

As a member of Pride of NY, Ginsberg’s is committed to supporting sustainable, economic, environmental and social improvements in the communities where we do business. At Ginsberg’s we focus on those aspects of sustainability that we can most effectively contribute to, influence and improve. Find out more on buying local… {pdf}

Current New York Suppliers  

Current New York Produce Suppliers

Local Matters Recipes

Ginsberg’s Sustainability

Supporting Local Farm to Table Movement 


 Regional Suppliers

There is no fixed definition of “local” or “regional” food. One commonly used buying local definition is the distance one can travel in “a day’s leisurely drive.”

  • In the Northeast, we tend to use the words ‘local’ and ‘regional’ interchangeably. This is because within a ‘leisurely day’s drive’ or 150-200 miles, you can easily travel throughout most of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware. The range of climates encompassed within this area provides an extended growing season, which makes the use of fresh, seasonable food much more feasible. Learning to adapt your menu to what is available seasonally – and being flexible when the weather unexpectedly affects supply – is important to the success of using regional foods.

Buying local or regional helps reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to transport food, plus provides you with fresher products. It’s just one of the steps Ginsberg’s Foods take to diminsh our carbon footprint and conserve energy.

Current Regional Suppliers