Eating locally is not only a great way of helping out businesses and food producers in your area. It can also provide you with fresh and nutritious food and ingredients. It’s not as hard or expensive as you think if you use these apps.
We’ve all come to love the benefits of shopping at a chain grocery store or an out-of-town supermarket. It’s convenient, cheap, and you can pick up loads of other things while you’re there. It also offers you a great variety of healthy food, depending on what’s in season at the time. However, there are several benefits of shopping locally in stores run by local residents who source local produce. Farm shops are an example of these, where much of the food sold has been produced within a few miles of the store, cutting down on the food air miles racked up in other places. By shopping here, you’re placing your hard-earned money in the hands of other people who rely on local business to survive, and there’s a high likelihood that the food you’re buying is fresher and of a higher quality than found at your international giant.
Similarly, local independent restaurants are often better for the local economy than well-known international chains for the positive impact on the environment. They will often serve locally sourced food, helping out nearby farmers and other food producers, and ensure you get the freshest food depending on what’s currently in season. It may mean that some things aren’t available all year round, but it does mean that when things eventually pop up on the menu, it’s a nice surprise, and it’s the freshest produce possible. Sustainable restaurants are now all the rage – establishments that uphold values of cutting back on plastic usage and set targets to reduce waste each year.
As well as shopping for local food and eating at sustainable restaurants, you can eat even closer to home by growing food in your garden. From tomatoes and turnips to apples and potatoes, homegrown food can not only be delicious, but also a way of picking up a new hobby if you have some spare time on your hands. You’ll need to learn what food is in season when, so you can start growing at the right time of year, and of course each food will have its own requirements in terms of water and sunlight. If you manage to grow enough, you could also sell your own produce, either online or to other local businesses interested in sourcing sustainably grow food.
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