I read an article recently on the Farmer and Sun Facebook page that inspired me to write this article. Farmer and Sun is an awesome local fruit and veg shop, where I live that sells local fresh produce. It is also where I found a delightful dragonfruit cheesecake recipe but I’m getting distracted now!
The message of the article was how local farmers, faced with rising production costs are finding it hard to stay in business and can’t compete with overseas exporters. Farmer and Sun shared this article not only to highlight the issue but to promote buying fresh produce locally to support local farmers.
Image from Food Tank via Eat Local Grown
For the last few years, I have been conscious of buying food locally. Without getting into the whole ‘buy local’ concept, what it came down to for me is that food tastes so much better when you get to eat it as close to the day that it was harvested.
I haven’t always had this line of thinking. I didn’t used to give a second thought as to where food came from or even really how it tasted – (Now that sounds weird!) I just went to the supermarket and bought all those brightly coloured boxes and packages that food came in and would make a token visit to the fruit and veg section to buy a banana, apple or orange.
However, since making the move to the Sunshine Coast around 10 years ago, something changed for me. I was introduced to two local organic food stores that sold local fresh produce. I was instantly hooked! I tried different varieties of fruit and vegetables – ones that you won’t find in a supermarket. Below is smoked garlic, finger limes and piel de sapo melon.
When we moved to our current house, it was in a farming community where there are local markets that feature home grown produce. Now, one of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday is to visit the local market, get myself some super fresh fruit and veggies and create some awesome meals that day. I believe that this is important for a lot of other people too – you only have to look at the growth of farmer’s markets to see that more of us are buying local.
So back to that local farmer, who I feel has such an important job of producing our food. I feel that I can do my small bit in the scheme of things by buying local. Not only does this safeguard local food production, but tastes great as well!
PS I am not a perfect saint that has given up my supermarket completely but I have found that I am happy with my balance of what I am trying to achieve – a healthy lifestyle for me and my family. I’m always progressing along in this journey and realise how lucky I am that I live in an area that is truly blessed when it comes to fresh food production.
Now over to you, what are your reasons if you buy fresh produce locally? Feel free to share in the comments below.