We’ve been incorporating as much locally-produced food into our diet as possible at Hacienda Bridge. Between our trips to the farmer’s market and our CSA share, we find that we’ve only occasionally been buying produce at the grocery store. There are lots of reasons for this, some of them are debatable political/economic points that I am constantly reevaluating in light of new information, but the fundamental reason that never seems to change is what I like to call the “Delicious Ideology:”
Local food is fresher, because it doesn’t have to travel as far. Fresh food tastes better. When fruits and vegetables taste better, we eat more of them. Eating more fruits and vegetables is good for us. Therefore, local is better for us.
So these “locally grown” signs at the Harris Teeter in our neighborhood caught my eye. As much as I enjoy chatting with the farmers at the market, I also enjoy convenience. But I’m also conscious of the fact that “locavores” are increasing in number, and so “locally grown” is also a good marketing point, so I checked the labels on these vegetables.
The closest farm any of them came from was in New Jersey! To be fair, that’s still a lot more local than usual for a supermarket- most garlic in your supermarket comes from China, the tomatoes and grapes often come from Chile, the apples often come from New Zealand. By that standard, New Jersey and Florida ARE local.
But I’d still rather buy my produce from farms within a 100 mile radius from my house, so I’ll be back at the farmer’s market this weekend.