10 Reasons to Eat Local Vegetables
- Healthier – You choose: cold storage for days or weeks and on average 1,500-mile journey or picked within a few days of delivery to local supermarkets? Fresher veggies are picked at the height of ripeness to ensure they have the maximum nutrients intended by Mother Nature.
- Tastier – Remember eating a carrot freshly pulled from the family garden?
- More for Local Economy – Buying local produce ensures that profits remain in BC; thus providing jobs for thousands of local families.
- Longer Time to Ripen – Local produce is handled less so we try to select tastier varieties that don’t need to be “rugged” or stand up to the stress of shipping.
- Know your Grower – Knowing the story about where your food comes from makes the meal more appreciated. (BCfresh tells a farmer’s story on bags of potatoes.)
- More Variety – Local farmers often grow crops that are not “brand name”, for example, not all beets are red. BC fresh also grows golden beets and candy cane beets.
- Supports Responsible Land Development – Give farmers an economic reason to stay in business and have their farmland remain undeveloped.
- Food Safety – The fewer steps between the farm and your table, the less chance there is for contamination. You know where your vegetables were grown.
- Reconnect – Understand where your vegetables come from and you develop an understanding of dependence on each other and the earth
- Eat the 100-Mile Diet – The year-long local food experiment of Vancouverites Alisa Smith and J.B MacKinnon has undergone a new definition: all protein and produce must come from within 100 miles.
5 Reasons to Eat In-Season Vegetables
1. Reduce Carbon Footprint – The miles travelled creates environmental damage that outweighs the benefit of buying local. Reduce the energy needed to transport.
2. Keep in Touch with the Nature’s Cycle – Nature’s cycle of produce is designed to support our health. Eat vegetables at their peak taste and when they are abundant.
3. Support the Local Economy – Buy locally grown vegetables and you contribute to sustainable agriculture.
4. Invest in the Future of BC – BCfresh helps support over 6,000 families who work on farms or in the agri-business community.
5. Get Creative – Take the opportunity to try new recipes such as Braised Asian-Flavoured Kabocha Squash.