We’re thrilled to share another blog feature by our head health coach, Beth! Come hear what she has to say about the benefits of living locally:
Nothing compares to summer fruits and veggies–this time of year, it’s especially easy to eat fresh and healthy. But have you ever considered where your summer bounty is coming from? Though supermarket produce is often bright and inviting, some of these foods travel weeks before reaching our shelves.
If you really want to eat fresh, consider eating local. With fruit stands and farmers markets popping up in even our most urban areas, eating local is easier than one might think. There are so many reasons to seek out local produce, here are a few to consider:
Eating local = eating seasonal. Check out any farmer’s market and you’ll know what’s in season. Locally grown tomatoes in amazing colors, foot-long summer squash, and barrels of berries. Farmers bring what is fresh and abundant. To find a farmer’s market around your area, check out the Mass Farmer’s Markets website.
Locally grown = better flavor. Unlike supermarket produce, which is often harvested early to be shipped from thousands of miles away, local produce is picked at its peak of ripeness and brought directly to you.
Local foods = increased nutrients. Foods imported from other states and countries lose their nutrients as they sit during transit time. Local produce makes it to our mouths shortly after harvest so we get all the good stuff!
Local foods = better environment & economy. Purchasing local produce supports and maintains your local green spaces. Your dollars are reinvested into farms and businesses close to home. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Eating local creates community. There is something special about eating foods that grow close to home. There is pride in knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown.
So before you head to the supermarket, swing by your local farmer’s market. Bring a bag and open mind. Plan a menu based on what is beautiful and abundant, and enjoy your local harvest!