Spring is upon us and these are the months that will bring us the freshest, spiciest products of the year! Get to know your neighborhood and community better this year: talk to your baristas, grocers, and small business owners. Browse popular local Facebook pages and groups in your area. Find the new spots that growers and breeders regularly attend and plan to spend some of your time and budget on a day to support those busy business people! Here are just a few good reasons to buy locally:
Four Benefits of Buying Local Products This Season
1) Fresh foods can provide more nutrients
Shopping by breeders who are watching their truck with the Having loaded yesterday's harvest will undoubtedly provide a fresher product than many of the imported products we select in grocery stores. Does that mean more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? Maybe.
Heat, light and oxygen eventually destroy the nutritional value of fresh produce. More time on the way from the field to the refrigerator increases the risk of nutrient loss for fresh foods. Food can transit and store for several days, weeks, or even months before it reaches the grocery store shelves where they can sit for a few more days before landing in your refrigerator. Large agricultural productions try to minimize this with more technological advances.
But in the seasons, when fresh local food is plentiful, this is entirely in your control! Many growers will be happy to talk to you about their harvest plan, how fresh their produce is and how best to store it in order to preserve the taste and minimize waste.
2) Local Breeders Preserve the Biodiversity of Our Crops  Large agricultural growers continue to grow plants to look for properties that keep the products uniform, brightly colored, tasting identical and strong enough to survive long storage periods . The plants often lose other genetic characteristics that have a more unique appearance and taste, but also provide various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Small, independent breeders come into play here. They have the ability to grow smaller quantities and experiment more with different varieties of kale, tomatoes, squash, and so on. When growers sell unique products, they often provide information about the texture and taste of the food and how to prepare it.
By diversifying the types of products you eat on a weekly basis, you can optimize your overall nutritional intake and open your palette to new tastes, – and of course a little more knowledge about the food you eat!
3) It will probably taste better.
As mentioned earlier, large agricultural productions are required to deliver food that tastes the taste the consumer expects. A strawberry should taste the right amount of sweets, spinach should have a very specific texture, etc. The storage and preservation process also leads to a certain dullness of taste.
Not so with local products! Breeders are able to choose varieties specifically for richer and unique flavors. Spend a weekend testing a handful of your favorite ingredients and compare them to your typical food brand . Any difference you find will deepen your enjoyment of this food and hopefully encourage a more frequent selection of these fruits and vegetables. If you've never done a tomato tasting test – you'll have a treat!
4) It's probably cheaper.
This can vary from breeder to breeder, but local produce is often cheaper than what one finds there The Grocery. Dollar by dollar, the comparison is sometimes accurate, but in quantity you usually get more at a local booth. The reason? The breeders know that the products they present today will only go from there; The best chance of selling them is then and you will probably get away with an amazing loot.
Keep in mind that heirlooms are more expensive because of their popularity: I once bought them a $ 20 bag of 5 tomatoes (read the signs!). But nothing says value like 4 cucumbers for a dollar!