Eating local food is good for your health, tastes great, is kind to the environment, and benefits our local economy. Food that is grown locally is fresher, tastes better and is more nutritious.
Fruits and vegetables at the grocery store are often picked days or weeks prior to when they are ripe so that they makes it to the shelves in time. In contrast, when you buy locally, the produce is picked at prime ripeness. In addition to being and tasting fresher, the shorter the distance from farm to fork means there is less of an environmental impact because of reduced packaging and less greenhouse gas emissions from decreased travel distances. You can also feel great about buying locally knowing that you are supporting farmers in your community and keeping your money in the local economy.
Here are some tips on how to start eating locally more often:
Switching to a completely local diet may seem too daunting or be too unrealistic for some. So, if this seems overwhelming, try the 10% challenge by redirecting 10% of your grocery budget to buy local items. Incorporate some of the tips above to reach your 10%.