We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of our daily diet. Many people are now choosing locally grown when shopping for produce. Farmer’s markets, community gardens, or even in our own backyards! Buying locally grown food, or growing it yourself is not only good for the environment and the economy, it’s also great for your health.
The key word in describing the health benefit of locally grown is “fresh.” Fresher produce means better quality and more nutritious. How? Fruits and vegetables lose their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. When picked, vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begin to deteriorate and quickly decrease. Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes can also contribute to the decrease in nutritional value. Thus, the longer the food sits the more it decreases in nutritional value. That is not to say that you will not get much out of eating fresh produce even if it was picked a week or two ago. It still provides a lot of nutrients but it just won’t be as optimally rich as when first picked. Another health benefit to buying locally grown is that you are getting produce at its peak state. Local farms can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen longer or even fully ripen, which also adds to nutrition.
Think about it. Fresh eggs from the market, beautiful bouquets of freshly picked swiss chard, squash and tomatoes, do they compare in quality and/or taste as your local grocery who more than likely orders from vendors who aren’t strictly organic, thus containing chemicals? Nothing is sweeter than supporting our local gardeners, but the quality certainly speaks for itself! So, even if it seems like a “hip new trend”, the reality is, people are waking up & they are interested in quality food! If that’s the “hip new thing”, well, I’ll be darned, it should be! Your body will thank you!
As for my family, we’ve been dreaming of having chickens, growing a bigger garden and starting a family homestead. Although, it’s in it’s early stages of planning, we’re sorta kinda REALLY excited! In fact, we recently visited the Mother Earth News fair that came through town, which allowed us to connect with local farmers and listen to a handful of speakers that are very familiar with the homestead life!
Here is a picture of Lu, supporting ” Eat local” , by the amazing Jessica Plunk at Beach Town Baby!
Both him and his brothers are ready to get some some chickies!
Super cute, huh? To see more goodies from Beach Town baby click here!
Now, it’s time for a challenge. As spring is approaching, it’s a good time to venture out to your local farmers market! Connect with local farmers, get the details on their farming practices, yes, organic is whatcha want! I challenge you make a point to visit each weekend for a month, try a new recipe including some of your finds, and let me know how it turned out!
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local and that’s kind of the same thing”
Much love –