Have you ever eaten a snap pea right off the plant or bit into a tomato picked earlier in the day? If so, you would probably agree that there is no comparison between how those taste and the often bland versions found at the grocery store. It’s a shame that so often, our only options for produce is squeezed between the categories of not quite ripe grocery store fruits and veggies, and canned goods.
There are many reasons why fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs taste so great and most revolve around our food distribution system. Depending on where you live, the produce available at grocery stores has often traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles before making its way to you either because it is not in season locally or closer farms don’t have enough supply to meet the demand.
In order to minimize spoilage, fruits and vegetables are often picked early and ripen en route or in cold storage facilities weeks or months in advance of their sale to the public.
Furthermore, commercial plant breeders sometimes prioritize color and texture characteristics over taste as those are what attract customers.
What could be more local or fresh than veggies and fruits grown in your home garden? It’s not as hard, time consuming or costly as you may think. If you’re ready to get planting, check out this free downloadable e-book “How to Plant An Urban Edible Garden in 10 Steps or Less”.
Someone in your family not on board yet for planting an edible garden? Here are some things to get them thinking: