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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.

 

Steve Victor: Eat foods in Season

We’ve talked about eating fresh produce that is in season for your area before. Ever on the lookout for new ways to do this, the Victor crew found that the site we’ve written about before, Seasonal Food Guide, has revamped their site a little bit. They have added location detection to your find where you are. What is also nice is they also have an app. How many times have you bought something only to find its quality isn’t what you were expecting or it didn’t last as long as you thought it should? Don’t waste time or money on things not grown locally.

Think of Seasonal Food Guide as your digital almanac. When you buy items in season, you are more apt to get them shortly after they are harvested. In season, produce is fresher, tastier, and has more nutrients than food that may have been sitting warehoused somewhere. If you are lucky to have a Wegmans near you, you may even find a few displays that tell you which local farms the items are from. You can also look at your local farmers’ markets to find locally harvested food. By buying local, you also support your local economy.

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