Fresh market fruits and vegetables

Take advantage of the season’s bounty! Shopping locally and seasonally are two great ways to lessen your impact on the environment and support your local community.

By eating locally grown produce, you reduce the transportation related impact of your food choices. You’re also supporting local farms, and getting tasty food that was harvested and transported closer to peak ripeness. Plus, the nutritional content is also likely to be higher.

It’s getting easier to find local produce at your grocery store, too, and not only at natural food markets. Many post signs announcing if a lettuce is locally grown or not, with details on where it was grown. FYI: there is no standard distance for local. Many “locavores” eat a 100 mile diet, or go up to 150 or 200 miles. Others use the “one day drive” rule—less than 400 miles. Do what works for you!

Eating local doesn’t have to be an all or nothing endeavor. Being practically, not perfectly, green means buying whatever amount of local food makes sense for you and your family. If you have a favorite non-local recipe and want to keep it in your repertoire—by all means!

Eating local and seasonal foods is easier than you think and here are tons of tips to get you started (or keep you going)!

Our friends at Sustainable America have a bunch of great advice, too:

Ready to live la vida locavore? Learn more and take action on One Small Act – our digital platform where you can earn points for living lighter on the planet and connect with others doing the same!