DEFINING A LOCAL PRODUCT
“Local” is defined as within a circumference of 100 miles by shortest distance between points (as the crow flies). To be tagged as local, a product must also satisfy one or more of the following requirements:
- Products that are grown locally on sustainable farms;
- Products that are cooked, prepared, assembled or otherwise produced locally;
- Products that add to and enhance economic development through job and business creation that involves more than simple transportation or distribution.
What Does This Mean?
It means that if a product is not significantly altered by the local business, it is not a local product. For example, a local meat distributor may simply receive and reship product without changing or preparing it in any way. This product will not be considered local. But, a local business that brings in coffee beans, roasts them and packages them to sell, will be considered local.