One thing that I have become very interested in and passionate about is seasonal and local eating. There are many great reasons to start eating local and supporting local farmers!
All photos in this post are from my dads garden, we plant all kinds of things, and the more I learn about health, nutrition and the benefits of growing your own foods, the more things we put into the ground!
Why Eat Local?
Eating locally is more natural, your body wants to eat foods that are locally grown, they are in season and your body moves through the seasons too. The minerals and soil that are found locally nourish your body more accurately, helping you be more in-tune with yourself and the environment
Eating local foods means you are supporting local farmers, we need to be supporting local farmers to help keep Ontario agriculture thriving, support those people who grow food, and avoid buying imported foods (especially the ones we can and do grown in Ontario)
Eating local food is more nutritious, this is because it has significantly less travel time to get to your table. Foods lose nutrients when they travel because nutrients are depleted with time, light and heat, all major factors when we ship foods from far away
It helps the environment. Shipping foods from far away is extremely hard on the environment, and eating local means that the food is fresher and usually requires less pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, the foods is picked and eaten much faster, meaning it don’t have to be freakishly modified in order to stay good and fresh before we eat it!
All great reasons, but now for tips to eating local foods!
Remember that when you see local produce and it seems more expensive than non-local foods, you are paying the price in other ways, like putting local farmers out of business, eating less nutritious foods, and negatively affecting the environment
One person can make a difference, remember that each dollar you spend is a vote for what you think is important! Also, check out some charts around that say what foods are (or should be) locally available near you, and then start looking for those foods. I am not asking you to stop eating avocados because they don't grow in Canada, but I am asking that you look for local apples, because apples are truly a southwestern Ontario fruit!
Check you the Foodland Ontario website or more information on eating locally! There you can find information on what produce is in season, recipes to try, information on farmer’s markets and more!
Do you think buying local and supporting local farmers is important? Do you shop the farmer’s markets?
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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