Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables Mean A Smaller Carbon Footprint

This summer’s smartest and tastiest way to stay eco-friendly starts at your local farmers market; in your garden; or at your local grocery store.

Technology has made it possible for us to eat just about any fruit or vegetable at any time of the year. Sometimes it’s even a little difficult to remember which fruit comes from which season (or even which country) because we can have a tropical pineapple or exotic dragonfruit in the dead of winter. It’s time we start reeducating ourselves about the seasonal produce our local farmers have to offer.

Locally Grown Fruits and Vegetables Mean A Smaller Carbon FootprintWhen we purchase non-seasonal food from halfway across the world, it adds thousands of miles worth of carbon dioxide emissions to our purchase. By purchasing locally and eating seasonally, we eliminate that environmental damage while supporting local farmers. It’s a win-win.

This summer, I recommend enjoying seasonal berries of all kinds. Strawberries are my favorite, but there are ripe blueberries, blackberries and raspberries at every farmers market and almost every produce aisle this season.

When I’m not eating them fresh from the container, I like making a dessert sauce to spice up all my summer treats. It’s a great way to incorporate these fresh and environmentally conscious alternatives into your (and your kids) diet.

I found this recipe at eatingwell.com

  • 1½ pints of blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons blackberry brandy (omit for the wee ones)
  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Puree 2 cups of the berries with the brandy, orange juice and the honey. Press the puree through a strainer to eliminate all the seeds. And before serving, stir in the left over berries. That’s it!

At only 30 calories, it is a fresh addition to any sweet treat. I recommend pouring it over angel food cake, ice cream or, my personal favorite, lowfat greek yogurt. Eat seasonally – good for you, good for the earth. Check out this Local Food Guide to seasonal fruits and veggies for your next eco-friendly recipe.

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    Samantha Frapart

    Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.