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Dane County promotes importance of buying local produce

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County announced plans Thursday to expand its partnership with local growers and increase awareness of the health benefits and importance of buying local produce.
The Dane County Executive’s Office and the Dane County Human Services Department will become new pick-up locations for county employees who purchase a community supported agriculture(CSA) share from one or more on the county's farm partners. Those partners include Vermont Valley Community Farm of Blue Mounds, Campo di Bella of Mt. Horeb, Elderberry Hill Farm in Waunakee and Equinox Community Farm in Waunakee.
County Executive Joe Parsis says additional CSAs and pick-up locations could be added as demand grows.
“We believe that promoting wellness among our employees helps people live healthy lives and saves taxpayer dollars," said Parisi.
The county says this initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of buying local produce among its 2,500 employees.
All four of the farms listed above belong to the FairShare CSA Coalition, which estimates their 17 Dane County member farms sold $2.5 million worth of produce in 2012. The county notes a recent study commissioned by Dane Buy Local, showing $73 of every $100 spent at a locally owned business remains in the local economy, versus $43 out of every $100 from a similar purchase at other businesses.   


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