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Thinking About Buying Local Produce? Here Are Some Tips.

Ever think about eating local but don’t know how to go about finding what you need to know?

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has a website with some resources. On their page you can see what is in season in your area at any given time. You can choose what produce you are looking for, or look at all produce, you can choose the time of year and the state you are in. If you click your state, you can see the full list of what is available throughout the year. You can also get tips if you click on the different types of produce for storage, shopping and nutrition.

The Eat Local Grown website lets you enter your city, state and search for places nearby with locally grown produce.

So why eat local? Because it will be fresher. When other farms ship to your grocer, it may already be weeks old. Local is much fresher. If you go to a farmer’s market, you can ask them firsthand how fresh something is. Many grocers are now starting to offer locally grown food in a small section of their produce or meat departments. Think about what you are eating.

Do be cautious. Some roadside veggie stands buy bulk produce from the same produce suppliers grocery stores use. They also sometimes buy seconds and vegetables that are too old to be sold in grocery stores. While the prices might be great, you can’t always be sure what you are getting.

You are also supporting your local economy. You can put a name and a face to that tomato you are about to eat. You can inquire about how the food is grown. The overall environmental impact of a tomato grown in your hometown is probably far lower than one grown out of state or country.