Local, Fresh, and Healthy

When you eat locally where fruits and vegetables are grown, it provides lots of benefits not only for the community, but for your family as well. Miss Tracy discussed this topic on The Rhode Show. You can watch it here!

Benefits:

When you purchase local, fruits and vegetables locally you are getting items fresh.

  • Products are at their peak of freshness, and if you or your local market purchases locally, most likely it is within 24 hours.
  • Local food has more nutrients which better benefits for your family.  There is less time from the food being imported.
  • When you buy local you reinvest with local business in your community.

When you buy locally you promote safer foods.  Which means there are less steps in-between food source and less chances of contamination.

Buying Local

  • When you buy at a farmers market you will find a variety of local foods that you most likely wouldn’t find in a regular super market.
  • Many farmers markets let you try and taste the new food before buying it.
  • When you buy locally you save money there is no middle person and extra cost for moving the food across the country.
  • Studies show when children are more involved in process of buying fruits and vegetables, they are more likely to try new things.  In turn gives them better eating habits. 

When to Buy Seasonal Foods

  • Spring: include asparagus, radishes, arugula, fiddleheads, mushrooms, strawberries, and peas, pea pods, and peas
  • Summer: Peaches, apricots, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, beets, zucchini, string beans, cucumbers, carrots, Brussel sprouts.
  • Fall: Apples, pears, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens.
  • Winter: Root vegetables, turnips, winter squash, celery root, sweet potatoes, carrots, rutabaga. 

Find Local Foods Near You

  • Farm stand App: This app will help you find the closes farmers market to you.
  • Homegrown.com: This will help you find local dairy and meat farms.
  • Eatwell.org: A guide to local restaurants, markets, and other farm fresh products.
  • Localharvest.org: A site to help you find local markets and more. 

This article was written by Tracy Martin-Turgeon, Regional Director at The Children’s Workshop.