Soli here. It’s guest post time again! This week is one from Mandy. Yes THAT Mandy. While she does not formally follow a traditional foods diet, she is definitely interested in nutrition and giving her family the best food she can possibly get. Grass fed and pastured meat is not exactly friendly to her budget (though I am hoping to help her find ways to do it), but in the meantime, she is able to take advantage of Florida’s fecundity in her own way. She proves my (in progress) manifesto that real food is indeed for everyone.
In my book it is not even a contest, local produce wins hands down.
I have a very large family, made up of 4 children and 3 adults, and need to be able to cover everyone’s needs. I have found the quantity and quality sold at the local flea market produce isle (nothing but locally grown fruits and veggies) surpasses any supermarket mass produced and shipped fruits and veggies.
Some people scoff and think “I can do better at my local grocery store”, but boy they are so wrong. There are so many pros to local produce. I live in Florida so the time frame for fresh produce is quite large. I take the time to go to my local flea market every Sunday and get fresh fruits and veggies for the family. When I walk into the area my eyes feast in the variety of all the wonderful plant life my local farmers grow.
The variety is a wonderful thing but what is the best is all the vitamins and nutrients you know you are getting when it is locally grown. I know that my local farmers care for the soil and the food they produce, they have to because it usually sustains their family as well. The shelf life of the food is longer because you do not have food that has been transported from across the country. I can buy a head of romaine lettuce at the flea market and it will last in my fridge for 3 weeks. That never happens with grocery store food, it usually lasts a week tops before browning in my fridge.
I have found that the local grown produce is also bigger. You can buy beans, potatoes, lettuce, and tomatoes and they are 2 times bigger than what is at the store, and you cannot beat the prices. Thirty dollars goes way farther when buying locally.
The best reason is you are supporting your local farms, there is no better reason than that. When I shop at the flea market I am buying the food from the farmer and their families, I know that I will get answers for any questions I have pertaining to the food (even some really good recipes and cooking instructions).
I suggest you look around and see what is your area and support your local farms.
Elder daughter D with a melon
Younger daughter K also loves melons.
Mandy lives in north central Florida, where she works as an administrator in a mental health facility. She shares her home with her husband, two daughters, nephew, niece, and her father. She reads whenever she can, spends a lot of time walking, and enjoys a good video game when she gets the time.