Enjoy fresh, seasonal produce straight from the farm while it’s in season, and glean the nutritional benefits.
We all know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an essential part of our daily diet. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy locally grown produce that is so bountiful in our state. And, buying locally grown food is not only good for the environment and the economy, it’s also great for your health.
The key word in describing the health benefit of locally grown is “fresh.”
When you shop at a local farmers market or produce stand, the produce is fresher than produce that has come from great distances, sometimes thousands of miles.
Fresher produce means it is better and more nutritious. How? Fruits and vegetables begin losing their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. The potency of vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begins to decrease almost immediately.
Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes can also contribute to the decrease in nutritional value. The longer the food sits around, the more nutritional value it loses.
Another health benefit to buying locally grown produce is that you are getting produce at its peak state. Local farms can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen longer or even fully ripen, which actually adds to the nutritional value.
AARP Foundation offers FRESH SAVINGS for Seniors
Use your SNAP card to save big on fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets, Kroger stores and other select locations.
At farmers markets and other select locations, spend up to $20 on SNAP-eligible food and get up to $20 more FREE to spend on fresh produce.
At Kroger, use your SNAP card and receive a Fresh Savings coupon at checkout to save up to $10 on your next purchase of fresh produce. Fresh Savings is available in Tennessee and Mississippi. For more information visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-854-3324.