Locally Grown Produce Makes a Difference

Big city life has its perks but one thing remains unresolved – food quality. Locally grown produce addresses many of the food related issues but most important ones revolve around nutrition, flavour, economics and environment.

Don’t take nutrition for granted

When crops are harvested their nutritional values start dropping. Imported foods are subject to more nutrients lost than produce sourced locally. At the same time, imported crops are harvested well before their peak nutritional time to ensure food does not wilt before its sale. With local farming vegetables and fruits are harvested when the right time calls, and the period between the harvest and consumption is considerably shorter.

It should taste better they say 

Nutritional values are essential but so is the flavour. What make vegetables and fruits great are their natural sugars translated into delectable and unique flavours. The problem of most vegetables is these natural sugars are changed into starch. The most efficient way to preserve the original taste is to keep them frost. Local farming is the only way possible to have vegetables frozen in the uttermost efficient way. Imported products suffer from sluggish storage conditions where frozen state is never fully attained. Locally sourced products are the closest to those you remember from the old days. It is of no surprise that top-tier restaurants already source their products from local farmers enabling their dishes to retain the exquisite taste of plants. This has become a trend lately but a healthy one indeed.

Locally grown produce

Support your farmers and local producers

Quality and tastes aside, supporting local produce increases the overall economic welfare of the regions. Such boosts give rise to agricultural development, and further incentivise producers to grow in scale and quality. So bear in mind that by buying locally produced veggies the direct impact on economy you have is far more impressive.

Technology has also touched upon agriculture. Some platforms, namely Farmdrop, enable farmers to get a direct and impactful exposure resulting in greater customer reach. At the same time, Farmdrop dramatically shortens the time between harvesting a crop and its delivery for consumption. Consequently, the question of freezing vegetables to retain their quality becomes redundant. We are happy to see advancement in fundamental yet so often neglected areas of economy. At ChefXchange we fully support such initiatives.

Be kind to Mother Nature

Imported vegetables and fruits require heavy transport that poses tremendous environmental burden. Much of that negative impact is once again related to costly transportation. Distantly grown fruits and vegetables call for a lot of fuel consumption. These inefficiencies are directly tied to air pollution, traffic congestion and global warming. We can’t stress enough that every season brings its own vegetables. Greenhouses do a wonderful job in delivering products of the likes of lettuce and kale. While it is understandable that we demand exotic fruits during winter time it is even more important to bear environmental responsibility. Do what is best for your surrounding and your body.

What is your stance toward local produce? Do you think locally grown products make a difference? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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