Eating in season produce has many benefits, which are increased even more if you purchase locally grown seasonal produce.
One of the best reasons to eat locally grown, seasonal produce is the health benefits that you will receive. When produce is harvested at a time when they are fully developed and ripe the plant has had more sun exposure than those picked prematurely. This means that there are higher levels of antioxidants! When fruits and vegetables have to travel long distances they are usually picked well before their peak harvest time and are allowed to ripen in the crates they are traveling in.
The sooner your produce goes from farm to table, the more nutritional value it retains. Spinach and green beans, for example, lose two-thirds of their Vitamin C within a week after being harvested. Purchasing locally will ensure that not only are you getting a fully ripened product, but it will full of important nutrients.
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If landscaping isn't an option for you, you can join a local CSA program. If you are near the Phoenix metropolitan area we recommend UtopianHarvest.com.