These days, we are hearing more and more talk about “going local” – But what does it really mean? One of the most understandable ways to explain going, or buying, local is to take a look at our produce. According to localharvest.org , “most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold.” That means, those big ripe, red, ripened-on-the-vine tomatoes you just bought, were cut off the plant far before they were ready!
Not only is taste affected by the distances fruits and veggies travel, but trucking and shipping to bring us our produce takes a toll on the environment. The shipping burns huge amounts of gas, and releases global warming pollution that also affects our health. We buy hybrid cars and cut down on our own driving, but when it comes to food, it is easy to forget that it has traveled farther than us to get to the grocery store!
So you want to go local? Where to begin: Produce is the easiest place to start. Growing your own fruits and veggies can be fun, delicious, and not to mention beneficial to the environment! Sustainable Table offers tips and links to starting your own at home garden http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/growyourown/
But, if you don’t have much faith in your wilted green thumb for your only produce source, local farmers markets are a great place to go for tasty veggies, and to support local farms. The Local Harvest website provides an easy search for finding farmers markets near you http://www.localharvest.org/ With a search made that easy, now what’s your excuse?
Lastly, another resource that makes buying locally grown produce easy as Pocket-Pie is the Natural Resources Defense Council website http://www.nrdc.org/health/foodmiles/?gclid=CISLo7uPxZQCFQQrFQodpkZgFw Here you can enter your location and time of year, and they will tell you what produce can be grown in your area. This way, you can shop at your local grocery store with a mindful of local produce knowledge. You know those strawberries in December aren’t from Texas – and you don’t want ’em!
Now, with all this help…how could you not go local?? And remember, the easiest way for all you Houstonians to go local – Stop by Oh My Pocket Pies where we serve only the freshest food made from all local ingredients!
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