We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an essential part of our daily diet. Many people are now choosing locally grown when shopping for produce. But buying locally grown food is not only good for the environment and the economy, it’s also great for your health.
The key word in describing the health benefit of locally grown is “fresh.” Since the produce is local, it is fresher than produce that has come from far away regions. Fresher produce means better and more nutritious. How? Fruits and vegetables lose their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. When picked, vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begin to deteriorate and thus decrease. Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes can also contribute to the decrease in nutritional value. Another health benefit to buying locally grown is that you are getting produce at its peak state. Local farms can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen longer or even fully ripen, which also adds to nutrition.
Know your farmer, know your food!