Benefits Of Eating Local Fresh Produce

Happy mother, father and daughter in the park[/caption]Have you ever tried local fresh produce? There are so many reasons to buy local produce. Below we will discuss some of the biggest reasons.

Why To Buy Local Fresh Produce:

1. Full Of Flavor.

The fact is, you are going to get food that has more flavor than other foods because the crops are picked at their peak of ripeness. Whereas, when you purchase from a big farm or commercial farm, you are going to get produce that had to be harvested early in order to be able to be shipped early and distributed to a local retail store for purchase. A lot of the times if you purchase local fresh produce it was picked within 24 hours of your actual purchase.

2. More Nutrients.

Another huge benefit that you are going to get from buying local produce is the fact that they are full of more nutrients than other produce. The reason why they are full of more nutrients is because they have a shorter time between the harvest and your actual plate. Therefore, there is less of a chance that the nutrient value of the produce has decreased during the time. Food that has been imported across states or even countries can sometimes be in transit for weeks at a time before it actually gets eaten. Imagine the nutrient loss that can occur in that time period. Not to mention, it goes through a strenuous transportation process.

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3. Supports Local Economy.

If you are purchasing your food locally, you are going to be supporting the local economy. This is because you are going to be spending your money with local farmers and growers versus corporations. Because of this, all of the money that you spend stays closer to your home and ends up getting reinvested with different businesses and services within your specific community.

4. Environment.

Another huge benefit is that you are going to be supporting a healthy environment by purchasing local food. The reason why is because the locally produced food is likely to be better harvested and it can help maintain the open space within your community.

5. Safer.

183756 I-522Another reason to support local farmers and to purchase local produce is because it is safer overall. Because there are fewer steps between the food sources harvest and your consumption, there is less room for contamination. Food that has been grown far away from where it is being distributed has had more chances to get contaminated through harvesting, washing, shipping, and/or distribution. There are too many processes the produce has to go through to properly control all variables.

As you can see, eating local produce is the best way to go. Not only are you going to get better tasting food, but you are also going to get the healthiest food that you can. Not to mention, you are also going to limit the risk of contamination. Because you know where the produce came from, you can make a good assessment on whether or not it is good to eat.