As fall overcomes us, seasonal produce begin to dwindle, but there are still so many delicious fall produce that can be purchased locally. Fruits and vegetables not only are essential to practice a healthy diet and to stay in shape, they are also essential for many recipes and lend themselves to many different cooking and baking opportunities.
Most of us buy our produce at the supermarket, and though that isn’t wrong, buying your produce at local farmers’ markets and local farm stands may be a better option. Here’s why:
Why Buy Local Produce?
There are vast benefits of buying locally grown produce for everyone. Whether you are a mother of many children you need to feed, or an elderly person utilizing in-home senior care, it’s important that you buy quality produce. Below are 3 main reasons why.
For Your Overall Health
Locally grown produce is often better for your overall health and wellness. Locally grown produce is often fresher than produce bought in a supermarket because it is picked and sold within a day or two. Most produce loses some of its nutrients within 24 hours, and when you buy it from the supermarket, it has been transported and may not make it to the shelf for a few days, sometimes even a week.
Likewise, locally grown fruit is not sprayed with chemicals and pesticides because it does not need to be preserved while it is being transported from a location to the supermarket.
Support Your Local Community
It’s always important to support the businesses in your local community as they are the livelihood of your neighborhood. Instead of buying produce from a supermarket that makes thousands of dollars a day, support your local farmers and buy produce that was grown down the street from your home. Instead of giving money to a supermarket that sells produce full of chemicals and pesticides, opt for locally grown produce the were produced using sustainable practices. Consider visiting local farmers’ markets and local farm stands to buy your fresh fruits and vegetables.
It’s Can Be Cheaper
When you buy local produce, you are likely going to save yourself a significant amount of money. The actual price tag of produce may be the same as the supermarket price tag, however, you will get more for your money. Local farmers sell more of their produce at one time; and overtime this could ultimately save you hundreds of dollars.
Likewise, if the produce is in season, it is likely going to be cheaper than produce bought in the supermarket.
Buy Local Produce Today
The next time you need produce, make it a point to stop by a local farm stand or a farmers’ market. The benefits of locally grown produce are too great to ignore, in fact, it begs the question, why wouldn’t you buy locally grown produce? Keep these tips in mind and never buy supermarket produce again.
About the Author
Kelsey Simpson enjoys writing about things that can help others. She lives in South Jersey and is the proud companion to two German Shepherds and spends her free time volunteering in dog shelters.