This jeopardizes its freshness, and hurts the environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Farmers’ markets and CSAs are rising in popularity allowing people to consume food that has been grown right in their area. People are catching on to the fact that eating locally produced food is better for our health, the environment, and the economy.
Why does eating locally provide so many benefits? I dug a little deeper to uncover some answers.
The food tastes better, and is much fresher
Supermarket produce had to travel a long way to get there. Chances are, it’s been en route, or in storage, for days or even weeks. If you buy from a farmers’ market, you could be eating a delicious peach that was picked that very morning. Farmers who sell locally can allow their crops to ripen for longer than their supermarket counterparts – because their produce doesn’t have to stand up to the harsh rigors of the shipping process.
A lot of our chefs seem to be clued in to this fact- you will see that many of them appreciate eating locally, and try to incorporate it into their menus because they know that it results in a more delicious, fresh product.
The local farmers will thank you
Buying local cuts out the middle man. Buying from a supermarket gives a huge cut of the proceeds to those middle men – and less to the farmers who did all the work. Buying from farmers directly has an impact on your community’s economy. Eating local means supporting local business.
Stay with the season
It’s common sense – when a fruit or vegetable is in season, it tastes the best and is of the best quality. Buying from farmers’ in your community will effortlessly alter your diet so you are eating in season. One of the great benefits to this is that, with time, eating in tune with the seasons will make you feel more connected to the Earth. At the supermarket, a lot fruits are available year round – fruit out of season is more expensive, and less delicious… no fun.
Save the environment one bite at a time!
It takes a lot of fuel and a lot of energy to ship food across the world to your supermarket. Food transportation results greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions that can be prevented by being a little more mindful of where we buy our food, and what impact that has.
Stroll around your local farmers’ market- or click through a CSA website in your area. No need to boycott the supermarket starting tomorrow, but maybe be more conscious of what you are buying and where it comes from! Little changes make a world of difference.