Did you know that Ventura County ranks No. 10 among all counties in the United States?
We’re extremely fortunate that we live right here in Ventura County where we have access to abundant fresh, locally grown produce year round. The best way to take advantage of that fresh produce, as well as support our local economy, is to buy from local farms at Certified Farmer’s Markets.
Better for you, the economy and the environment
It’s estimated that food purchased in grocery stores has to travel an average of 1,500 miles to get to your table. Purchasing food grown locally ensures a significantly reduced travel distance to get to your table. This ensures not only healthier and tastier food because the produce doesn’t have to be frozen or preserved; it curbs pollution and greenhouse gas emissions substantially, which helps the environment!
Talk to your local farmer
When you frequent Certified Farmer’s Markets, you can get to know your local farmers and how they plant, grow, and cultivate their crops. Do they use pesticides? If so, how much and why? Are they growing non-genetically modified (non-GMO) fruits and vegetables? Is the produce of an heirloom variety (pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention)? Why is it healthier to eat organic and fresh vs. preserved and canned?
Think GREEN in 2016!
Buying and supporting locally grown produce is definitely the sustainable, green approach to keep in mind when you head out to market. Also, remember to bring a few reusable bags for your purchases.
Partial list of in season produce for winter
For a complete list of what’s in season for winter, visit, Southland Farmers’ Market Association website, CLICK HERE.
For What’s in season Winter? Recipe ideas (from the Sustainable Ventura News segment), CLICK BELOW!
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV