You’ve most likely have heard it before. Eat local. But, what exactly does this mean, and why should you?
Eating local means you are supporting your local farmers, and there are many of them right here in Smiths Falls and surrounding area. It’s a great way to get to know the faces that feed you.
By purchasing your fruits and veggies directly from the source you are getting fresher produce. It means that your food is tastier, looks better and is in season. And, because of the shorter time between the farm and your table, less nutrients are likely to have been lost. It benefits the environment by conserving fertile soil, protecting water sources, preserving green space & farmland, and you’re supporting your local economy.
And most importantly you’re providing your body with good enzymes and nutrients. Most veggies are low in fat and calories, high in potassium, fiber, folic acid, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. All these help to benefit your body by decreasing heart disease, certain types of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Get out and enjoy your local farmers market, besides farmers you’ll often find bakers, gardeners, and artisans. Here is a link to a local Farmers Market:
Miller’s Bay Farm Market Garden & Berry Patch - This farmer is one of Natatia’s favorites, but of course, feel free to go to your favorite local farmer of choice!
Smiths Falls also has many roadside farm stands with locally grown vegetables.
Have fun enjoying these farms and stands!
I'm Natatia Gemmell.