In the United States, conventionally produced food travels an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to our plate. (and that food was picked and harvested over a week ago.) Then add up all the CO2 emissions and natural resources needed to package the food and transport it, and suddenly our everyday food from the grocery store has quite the carbon footprint. It’s time to start changing this by shopping at local farmers markets!

Farmers Markets truly are amazing. They provide us with fresh, healthy foods that support local farmers and keep food travel and packaging to a minimum. Here are my top three reasons to start shopping at local farmers markets:

  1. Locally grown food tastes better! Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification, all which have a negative effect on human health. And during the long travel time to the store, food can potentially become contaminated at many points. Locally grown food is often picked and harvested within 48 hours of your purchase and rarely contains any of the scary sounding chemicals found is most conventionally produced foods.

  2. Eating locally grown food helps the economy! It encourages the use of local land for farms, and it keeps local money in the community.

  3. Shopping locally helps fight global warming! Global warming is having drastic effects on the earth and the habitats of too many animals (and humans). Shopping locally helps reduce the carbon emissions produced for food transportation and packaging. If we all start making small changes like this, we can have a meaningful impact on global warming.

So #GoWilde and find the farmers markets nearest you! And don’t forget to bring your reusable bag to carry all your fresh groceries! (Our challenges are starting to work together!)