Choosing Wisely: Why Local Picks Top The Heap

@oldschoolfarmtn

@oldschoolfarmtn

It’s summertime, finally! Here at the farm that means summertime crops and a whole new menu. We use all locally sourced food, because local produce is better for you and better for the earth. Here are a few reasons why:

Local food just tastes better. Whether you’re adding veggies to an elaborate recipe with dozens of ingredients, or just biting straight into a fresh peach, you’ll notice that produce grown locally is full of flavor. Non-local produce is harvested early in order to be shipped and distributed. Local produce doesn’t have to travel far to get into your kitchen, so it’s able to be picked at peak ripeness.

Local food benefits the environment. By purchasing locally grown foods you help maintain farmland and green and/or open space in your community. Also, by cutting down on travel time, you cut down the emissions required to transport produce long distances.

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Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more steps there are between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution. Also, local growers can tell you how the food was grown. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about that food.

Eating local means more for the local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community. When businesses are not owned locally, money leaves the community with every transaction.

Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they are at their peak taste, are the most abundant, and the least expensive. Even though we wish strawberries were grown year round right next to us, the best time to eat them is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower. They are full of flavor and taste better than the ones available in the winter that have traveled thousands of miles and were picked before they were ripe.

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Local produce is hands down the best choice for the conscious consumer and the connoisseurs of taste. Ever bitten into a tomato picked less than 24 hours ago? ‘Nuff said. 

Come experience the sweet and savory magic at The Old School, where the produce couldn’t get any fresher; after all, we have a farm in our backyard. 

Barry ONeill