Here it is the dead of winter, and yet there are SC products you can put on your table fresh right now. Asparagus, for instance. And barley. And beef. And black bass. And that only gets us through the Bs.
And why should you eat local? Here are five reasons to start you off:
1. Local foods are fresher. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested.
2. Local foods have less environmental impact. The average fresh food item travels 1,500 miles to get to your supermarket’s grocery aisle; buying locally produced food eliminates the need for all that fuel-guzzling transportation.
3. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, we are eating foods when they at their peak taste, are most abundant and least expensive.
4. Eating local means more for the local economy. When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your community, and strengthen the local economy.
5. Local foods promote food safety. The fewer steps there are between your food’s source and your table, the less chance there is of contamination.
Once again, to find out what’s in season in SC and where to buy it, click here.