In an age where we can transport food just about anywhere, we’ve been spoiled by the ability to eat any type of food regardless of location or season. The average piece of produce travels up to 1,500 miles to get from the farm to our grocery store! Although it may look and feel fresh, most produce that travels has fewer nutrients to feed our bodies and fewer flavors, too. Eating local can help change all that.
Although not a new idea or diet, becoming a locavore has become a new mode of eating in modern society. With people thinking about sustainable practices, it makes more sense to eat locally and in season. For some, it can be a strict and difficult practice. For others, they remain flexible. In most areas of the country, you’d be surprised just how much is available to you in a 100 to 200 mile radius. During certain growing seasons, you can learn canning and freezing methods so you have variety during the winter and early spring.
Locavores tend to get more vitamins out of their meals instead of through supplements. There are no preservatives, products that can dull the flavor or raise the calorie count. Chances are, you’re going to eat a lot more vegetables. You can control the kind of fats and sugars used and control the level of salt in dishes.
It can be hard for some people to start eating local, but the best place to start would be your local farmers market or food co-op. Even major cities host these kinds of organizations. You can also ask your local grocery store where they source their produce and meats from and try to buy local as often as you can. Gardening is also an option! Explore your options, eat well, and have fun!