Those of you who have been with us a while, and those of you with gardens of your own, will have watched the seasons transform and evolve in a way that you just are not able to in a modern, air conditioned grocery store. I love eating seasonally, I feel like I eat much, much more variety, and I appreciate all my food so much more because it tastes better in season, and I get to dream for it and long for it when it is out of season. Here are some other tangible benefits to enjoying your food seasonably:
1. Health Benefits – Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and offer higher nutritional content than out of season unripe fruits and vegetables. When you eat with the seasons you can enjoy a rainbow of colorful and diverse foods in your diet as well as providing your body with a wide variety of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that you need to maintain vibrant health.
2. Sustainable Benefits – Organic seasonal foods are grown in a sustainable manner by farmers who really care about protecting our planet. Organic farmers rotate crops to increase soil fertility, use integrated pest management to control pests using beneficial insects instead of toxic pesticides, and use sustainable composting methods for disposing of organic waste. We are also not using extreme energy, chemical fertilizers, and other funky agents to force crops to fruit out of season.
3. Environmental Benefits – It reduces the number of miles your food has to travel before it reaches your plate, and also the amount of time (and energy) required to store it and maintain temperatures conducive to storage. This helps cut back on the amount of fuel used which reduces pollution. By making a conscious choice to purchase organic, seasonal, and local foods we help protect our water, air, and land.
4. Economic Benefits – When you buy organic, seasonal, locally grown foods you help provide financial support to the farmers in your area which helps to grow your local economy. Did you know that you need to spend three times as much with a chain store, than you do with a local business to have the same economic impact and benefit on your community?
By Pamela Denholm
Resources: http://www.eatlocalgrown.com – 4 great benefits to eating locally