.....................Why Buy Local?.......................
Local Food is Healthier for your family:
l Did you know that the cell structure of produce begins to decline as soon as it is picked?
Produce from big corporate farms in the California Valleys (or from overseas) has to be picked long before it is mature – sometimes transit time can be as long as 2 weeks! This deprives the fruit/vegetable of additional nutrients the host plant would have continued to supply if it had been left to ripen on the vine. Local growers don't have to factor in the long travel time, so can leave the produce on the plant days (or even weeks!) longer, which improves moisture content and nutritional value.
l Did you know that food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to table?
Imagine how you would feel after a 1500 mile trip -- Wilted!
Local food travels a drastically shorter distance, and is normally delivered within hours of being picked -- so the produce is packed in boxes a shorter period. Your food arrives on your table in a much fresher state.
l Did you know that fruits and vegetables breathe?
Their respiration is a gas called “ethylene”, and the boxed/packed produce suffers from long exposure to its' own gas elimination – much as you would suffer if you were forced to keep breathing your own CO2 respiration without fresh oxygen.
........Obviously: Less time on the road and in the box = Healthier produce!........