This will be the first of many posts on eating local. We wanted to give a shout out to our local market, Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market. This quaint market is just a bike ride away for us. There is such a gratifying feeling when we walk out with a sack of groceries that were grown in our state.
Yes, local food costs more. But the benefits are well worth it. First, local food stays fresher longer because there little to no travel time. Conventional fruits and veggies can travel 1500 miles or more to get to your grocery store! Nutrients and freshness are lost during that travel time.
What to buy now in the South?
Apples, Blueberries, Cantaloupes, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Lima Beans, Okra, Peaches, Peas, Pecans, Pollock (Alaskan),Potatoes, Snap Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Watermelon
(for more check out Sustainable Table for a list of foods in your region! http://www.sustainabletable.org/home.php )
A few tips:
- Find your local farmers markets
- If you have kids, or want to feel like a kid, go berry picking at a farm near you.
- Meet your local farmers.
- Grow your own veggies! Not only a great way to produce your own food, but a nice way to be outside and enjoy nature.