There’s a movement that’s been trending for a couple of years now. The people of this movement call themselves “locavores,” and they eat only foods grown within 100 miles of their home. The benefits of eating local foods are many: supporting local farmers, boosting the economy of a community, getting to know where your food comes from, improved nutrient density of foods, it’s environmentally-friendly, and it’s a cheaper alternative to buying organic.
Supporting local farmers is incredibly important because there are less than 1 million farmers currently living and working in the United States. This means that a lot of our food is grown outside of the country and imported into our grocery stores and supermarkets. Buying from a farmers market or directly from a farm puts money straight back into your community.
Investing in community-supported agriculture, also known as a “CSA,” lets you see where your food is grown. You can see first-hand that your tomatoes aren’t grown in hot houses or fed growth hormones. Your kids can see the plants that their food grows off of and marvel in how amazing it is that an eggplant is grown from a flower. (Did you know