One trip to the local produce stand, and you’ll have everything you need for tonight’s dinner and a healthy mid-day snack. However, those aren’t the only benefits of buying local. At first glance, a strawberry looks like a strawberry no matter where it comes from, but looks can be deceiving. It’s important to know exactly where your produce comes from.
If you don’t, you could be missing out on these five benefits:
- It’s Better for You: If you’re buying produce for the benefit of eating healthy, you’re better off heading to a local vendor. Fruits and vegetables that have been sitting in storage or transported to a grocery store from far away gradually lose their nutrients.
- It Tastes Better: Taste changes in the same way nutrient content does. The fresher it is, the better it tastes. An apple taken directly from the tree will be crisper and simply better tasting than one that’s been sitting in a box for a week.
- It’s Safe: There are countless contaminants that can invade produce and make it unsafe to eat. But when you buy local, you know exactly where it came from, and it’s easy to find out what kinds of pesticides the farm used and facts about potential exposure.
- It Supports Local Families: When you purchase produce from a local farmer, you’re helping them pay for their daughter’s dance lessons or their grandchild’s college tuition. There is no middleman or big corporation. You know where your money is going, and you do your part to help your friends, family, and neighbors.
- It Protects the Land: The disappearance of farmland is an epidemic affecting small towns all across the country. Local farmers are forced to sell their land for development because they’re not making enough money selling their fruits and vegetables. By supporting their business, you’re helping preserve open space.
If you want to reap all these benefits, it’s best to buy local. And there’s no better place to do so in Ridgewood, NY, than at Billy’s Marketplace. Call them at (718) 456-1007 to inquire about their inventory, or visit them online to learn more.