Health Info & Resources for Seniors
There are more and more farmers and growers markets in our area. We would do well to take advantage of our locally grown foods. While it is obvious that it helps to eat well and to help our local economy, there are other reasons for eating local foods.
Some of those reasons are listed below:
Locally grown food is more flavorful. When grown locally crops are picked at their peak of ripeness rather than harvested early so that they can be shipped and distributed to retail outlets. Often the produce at local markets has been picked within 24 hours of purchase.
Local food can be more nutritious. When local foods are consumed they have lost little, if any, of their nutrients. Food that has traveled for a long time can lose some or most of its nutritional value.
Local food is kinder to the environment. Purchasing locally grown foods helps maintain farmland and green and/or open space in our community.
You can talk to your local grower. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about that food.
When you buy locally you are eating when the food is in season – when they are their ripest and most flavorful. Compare that to food made available year round. That food may have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles and picked before they were ripe.
Local food supports our local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in our community.
Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more steps there are between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution. Local growers generally use less pesticides and chemicals,
For the most comprehensive guide for local foods you can go to Buy Fresh Buy Local - Lehigh Valley guide at buylocalglv.org/resources/local-foods-guide/.
This 45 page booklet can be dowloaded and has scores of local growers - what they grow, when available, addresses and the like. You can also get it at our site here.