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10 Health Benefits of Eating Locally

By May 6, 2019Healthy Food

Ever been to your local farmer’s market?  Not only are there delicious and healthy items, it can be a fun family or weekend outing!  Shopping and eating locally has so many benefits for both you, the farmers, and the environment! Eating seasonally has many benefits other than just great flavor.  Continue reading for 10 health benefits of eating locally that may surprise you.

10 Health Benefits of Eating Locally in NC

  1. Taste Real Flavors: The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.
  2. Enjoy the Season: The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and reflects the truest flavors.
  3. Support Family Farmers: Family farmers need your support!  Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
  4. Nourish Yourself: Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible.
  5. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas: Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. 
  6. Discover the Variety: At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket.
  7. Know Where Your Food Comes From: A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.
  8. Enjoy your Shopping & Socialize: Wouldn’t you rather be outdoors visiting with the community and getting exercise than inside a grocery store?
  9. Supports Your Body’s Natural Nutritional Needs: In winter we are provided by nature all things citrus, these are particularly high in Vitamin C which is very important for preventing infections such as colds and flu’s. Winter vegetables offer comfort and are perfect for hot meals, healthy stews, soups, casseroles and other warming meals.  Summer foods such as stone fruits provide us with extra beta-carotenes and other carotenoids that help protect us against sun damage, they also provide more sweetness for an energetic summer, as well as salad vegetables for those tasty cool summer salads.
  10. Fresher with a Higher Nutritional Value: Some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, folate and carotenes will rapidly decline in produce when stored for long periods of time. Fruits and vegetables that are stored for long periods of time due to transportation or to be used at a later date have a reduction in phyto-nutrient content. 

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10 Health Benefits of Eating Locally in NC