You might not realize it, but all of us contribute to California's water shortage. Farmers in California produce nearly halfof the fruit, vegetables, and nuts grown in the United States, and for some crops, California's share is much higher: 99% of all artichokes and walnuts 95% of garlic 94% of broccoli 79% of romaine lettuce 69% of carrots
Many of these products can be grown by New England farmers.
Buying locally not only reduces the amount of water needed to irrigate crops in California but saves on the fuel burned to transport produce across the country, supports the region's economy, and puts fresher produce on the table.
Click on the button below to find farmers markets near you and farms with community-supported agriculture programs, called CSAs, which enable consumers to buy shares of a farm's yearly crop at the start of the growing season.