Eating local: Nutritious, delicious and sustainable

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

In the spring, summer and early fall there are many farmers markets or roadside stands from which to purchase delightful local produce. But as we move into the late fall and winter season the task of eating local becomes a bit more daunting. The answer is to check with your grocer's produce manager. I have found them all to be a wealth of information and a fabulous resource.

Locally grown food at your local stores this fall includes:

  • Zucchini

  • Eggplant

  • Turnip/Collard Greens

  • Cucumbers

  • Bell Peppers
  • Locally grown produce is fresher. Less time for produce to travel often means better taste and more nutrients. Your fruits and vegetables are also likely to last longer, since they take longer to ripen.

    Eating locally supports your local economy. Money stays in the community and helps to support farmers in your area.

    Buying local is also better for the environment. All of that traveling a lot of our produce has to go though creates more air pollution.

    Another great option for finding local produce is to sign up for a CSA. A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows you to purchase a share from a farm, giving you local, season food directly from the farmer at a low cost.

    To learn more about the benefits of eating locally and to find out about where to find local food in your area, visit www.localharvest.org.


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