Eating locally—which you can do by frequenting farmers’ markets or grocery stores that carry locally grown produce—does a lot more than save gas: It can improve your diet. The shorter the time and distance between the farm and your tummy, the fewer nutrients your food loses; the more varied your diet, the broader the range of nutrients you get.
When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your community, and strengthen the local economy. More than 90¢ of every dollar you spend goes to the farmer, thus preserving farming as a livelihood and farmland. These days, from field to fork, an average dinner travels 1,500 miles. Here are some ways for you to eat locally:
10 Ways to Eat Locally
1. Learn what’s in season and buy seasonally
2. Shop weekly at your local farmers market: in Truckee/Tahoe, the markets run June-September: Foothill Farmers’ Market Association
4. Buy from local grocers committed to stocking local food
5. Support restaurants and food vendors that buy locally produced food
6. Preserve food from the season — freeze, can, dry — to eat later in the year
7. Grow your own
8. Cook at home
9. Ask your grocer or favorite restaurant what local foods they carry
10. Buy family farmed or fair trade products when local is unavailable
When you eat food grown locally, it brings alive your connection to your place, to the people who grew it, to the seasons, and to the cycles of life. You realize just how interconnected we really are.”
As a wellness coach, I am able to help you design food plans that will work for you and your family and your path to better health.