Eating seasonal and locally grown food (like the food sold here at the farmers market) is beneficial to both your health and the environment.
The food is fresher! Local and seasonal food ripens before being picked and are sold within 24-48 hours of being picked. While non-locally grown food or food eaten out of season must go through special process such as growing in a hot house or importing from far away. The farmers have to pick the produce before it is ripe so it doesn’t rot while being shipped to the supermarket. Non-local or out of season food can take1-2 weeks or 1-2 years between being picked and being sold in the supermarket.
-More nutritious: Fruits and vegetables are most nutritious right after being picked at the peak of their ripeness. The more time between being picked and eaten, the less nutritious they are. The vitamins and minerals in seasonal, local food have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, asthma, and heart disease.
-Fewer chemicals: When food is imported or grown out of season, it is picked before it is ripe and chemicals are used to make the fruits and vegetables look ripe. But, these chemicals don’t add vitamin sand minerals. So instead of the healthy vitamins and minerals from naturally ripening, the produce have.
-Less impact on the environment: Average fruits and vegetables travel over 1,500 miles to get from the farm to the supermarket. Shipping food from so far away takes planes, ships, and trucks all of which use gasoline and pollute the atmosphere. Buying locally grown, in season food means less pollution. Since pollution can lead to asthma and other health effects, local food means cleaner air and healthier people.
-Protecting local farmland and supporting your local economy: Buying local, seasonal food keeps local farmers in business allowing you to enjoy the farmland and contributes to the local economy.
The food tastes better! When fruits and vegetables are allowed to fully grow before being picked and are then eaten fresh they are more delicious than anything you would find in the supermarket. Try some of the fresh, local, seasonal produce and see if YOU can taste the Difference!