Eating with the seasons means that we consume products that farmers are currently harvesting. Not only does this make an impact on our local economy it makes an impact on our health.
Eat the Season. Sounds catchy, huh? Let me tell you why this should be more than the next trendy phrase we throw around Facebook.
1. Any single food item you see in grocery stores travels on average a whopping 1,500 miles. Just think of how this might be contributing to the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted. I am picturing a large semi with billowy smoke dotting its trail across the country. (I do not want to discredit the amazing feats our ancestors endured creating our highways and interstates for the main purpose of distributing goods, such as food. I am strongly suggesting, however, that this little planet of ours, it is a gift our children will inherit. Let’s do our part and make sure it’s a good one.)
2. We get a chance to support and stimulate the Local Economy. Here at Local Roots, we are all about helping serve our community by not only providing a quality, nutritious product, but by going out and finding those local farmers and bringing the work of their hands to you. Talk about symbiotic! We like to think of ourselves as a farmer’s market, just with brick and mortar.
3. It costs less. Buying locally grown ensures that the food you are getting is at its lowest possible price point. Less money goes towards advertising, distributing, packaging, fuel, etc., which keeps costs low! Straight from the farmer’s hands is the best place. We understand that is not convenient for the average family and, lucky for our customers, we make it our promise to go out and find those goods for you.
4. The best selling point, it’s more nutritious (and tastes AMAZING). Food that is not in season has had more time to spoil. That about sums up that. The freshness factor is in relation to the nutritious factor. In season foods don’t get much fresher than that!
Let’s shout the message out there! Eat the season! Eat the season!
Click on the banner below to see what foods are in season for your area. (Thank you, sustainabletable.org.)