Five Cheap and Easy Ways to Eat Local
Did you know that the average piece of produce travels 5,000 miles to get to your supermarket? Your lettuce could qualify for more frequent flier miles than you
do. If you’re less than excited about this fact, it might be time to consider eating locally. While it may seem that local food is the latest foodie trend, there are actually a lot of good reasons for this practice to stick around.
Choosing food that has traveled fewer miles (and therefore used less fuel) is good for the environment, while eating food that was grown naturally, without harmful pesticides ,does your body good, too. Plus, supporting your local farmers ensures that they’ll stay in business for years to come. If you’re a little wary of straying from your usual supermarket routine, don’t worry—there are many easy ways you can start enjoying the delicious rewards of local eating.
Shop at a Farmer’s Market Probably the most obvious way to eat locally is to stroll down to your local farmers market. You’ll help support small local farms, which use natural farming methods, and you’ll get to choose from a vibrant array of fresh, seasonal produce. Farmers markets will often sell a variety of other food products as well, including bread, dairy products, and free-range meat and poultry. Studies also show that farmers market produce is often less expensive than grocery store produce.
Added bonus: None of the fluorescent lighting and obnoxious elevator music that you’ll find at the supermarket. The friendly atmosphere of a farmer’s market really can’t be beat!