Buying Local Matters
Jul 23, 2018
Buying Local Matters
Did you know that when you buy locally grown produce, you’re not only making the decision to do something better for you and your family, but also benefiting your community and the environment? Eating produce grown by local farmers boosts the health and economic vitality of your community in ways you might not have thought about. Here are a few ways buying local produce can be beneficial.
Locally grown food is bursting with flavor. When grown locally, the crops are picked at their peak ripeness; when they are packed with flavor instead of harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed to a retail store near you. The majority of our Carpinito Grown produce has been picked within 24 hours or less of when you see at the stand.
Consuming local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when nature intends them to be enjoyed. This means they are also at their most abundant, therefore making them less expensive. Buying strawberries in June, tomatoes in August, and squash in October also means you are bringing home the freshest food possible.
Local food is more nutritious. The freshness of fruits and vegetables not only affects the taste of your food, but the nutritional value which declines with time. Local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table. It is less likely to have lost nutrients throughout its travel from the farm to the store. Having Carpinito Brothers Farms just a few miles from the store not only keeps our produce fresh, but also nutrient packed.
Local produce supports your community’s economy. When buying produce from farms outside your community money leaves the community with every transaction. By buying from local farmers, you are supporting a local, small and often family-owned and operated business while also helping to preserve local farmland in your community.
Buying local food will positively impact many parts of your life. While it might not seem like a life changing decision to buy your produce locally, it ultimately will benefit the health of your community, the environment, and your own body as well.