Does your gym have fresh produce for you?

Make Friends with a Farmer

If you’re looking to improve your diet, don’t start with the grocery store. Rather, find a farmer! Filling your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the easiest and smartest ways to cut back on calorie consumption, enhance nutrient intake, and improve your health and well-being. And it’s never been easier to access farm fresh foods. There are more options than ever; buy direct from local farmers by visiting farm stands, shop at one of the region’s farm markets, or participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.

A recent study found a clear association between fruit and vegetable intake and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, concluding that millions of premature deaths could be prevented if more fruits and vegetables were consumed. Another study suggested that people who eat more servings of fruit and vegetables each day had a lower risk of psychological distress like anxiety or depression.

The benefits of a diet rich in produce are clear. You know it’s the right thing to do. But how will you get that good stuff from the farm to your fork? Here are some tips!

Why Buy Local?

Of course, you can find fruits and vegetables in many forms at the grocery store. But there are so many good reasons to take advantage of locally grown produce. Aside from the economic benefits of supporting a hometown business, local food is fresher, more flavorful, and often, even more nutritious than products that have been picked and processed long before they’re purchased.