You’ve likely heard the term “locally grown” boasted in the produce aisles and farmers markets you love. And maybe you’ve wondered what the big deal is, besides a general confidence that anything grown in Washington must be a little better. Well, that’s probably true, but there are actually a lot of great reasons to buy quality local produce. As your local produce experts, we’re here to tell you what the hype is about. And once you know, you’ll be as excited as we are to see those two little words–”locally grown”–throughout our produce section.
4 Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Produce
1. Fresher Produce.
As great as Washington is at growing things, the key is actually proximity. It’s simple. The less time between when you pick the produce and when you eat it, the better. So when you buy produce close to home, you’ve saved that time and eliminated the need for long transport. When you buy local produce at Tacoma Boys or H&L Produce, you’re consuming fresher fruits and veggies.
2. Better Nutrition.
When you buy local, you’re eating produce that doesn’t need as much help with preservation. This means the growers of your produce don’t need to treat it with as many chemicals to keep it fresh in transport. In addition to this, local produce can grow to peak ripeness and doesn’t need to be harvested early, so it tastes better and is more nutritionally dense.
3. Environmentally Friendly.
Farmers who grow your food nearby don’t have to worry about freezing, packaging, or shipping produce. All of these processes require energy, create waste, and are hard on the environment. When you keep it simple by shopping for Washington grown food, you’re keeping bad stuff out of the environment, and that’s good for all of us.
4. Support Your Local Economy.
We at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce take pride in supporting local farmers. When you shop local, you’re putting money into the pockets of hard working farmers who live and work near you. Your support means Washington farmers can keep providing us with fresh produce year after year.
What’s In Store?
Right now, at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce, you’ll find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown right here in Washington state. We’ve rounded up a few we think you should try this week. Keep in mind, shopping locally often means eating seasonally. In other words, enjoy what’s growing now, because the season is almost over!
Why: Often considered a superfood, blueberries always sweeten the deal. They’re packed with antioxidants and make a great addition to smoothies, salads, and deserts alike.
How: Try them in this Blueberry Buckle recipe from Spend with Pennies as a stellar cap to any summer evening.
Why: A great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, peaches contain no fat and make for a sweet summer treat. Kids love them and they’re as convenient as it gets!
How: Fresh peaches make this Tennessee Peach Cobbler a dream. Enjoy with ice cream for a peaches’n’cream vibe.
Why: Mostly water, watermelon is a great way to stay hydrated as we soak in the last of the summer heat. They’re also packed with Vitamins–specifically Vitamins A, B6, and C, so enjoy summer’s best snack and stay healthy at the same time!
How: No need to get fancy. Grab a melon, slice it in half and enjoy! Or check out this tutorial for a fresh take.
Why: Besides being delicious and fun to eat right off the cob (except to our brace wearing friends…sorry, guys!), corn is a great source of Vitamins B9, B1 and C.
How: We can not recommend this recipe for Mexican Street Corn from Food with Feeling highly enough! Break out the grill for one last summer hoorah. Top with all the amazing creamines of cotija cheese, and you really can’t go wrong.
Why: We all know zucchini to be delicious and nutritious, but the world is starting to discover just how versatile it is. From muffins to “zoodles,” the possibilities are endless. So grab a few fresh, local zucchini from Tacoma Boys or H&L Produce today, and try them all the ways!
How: You will not regret frying up some of these amazing Zucchini Fritters from Damn Delicious. Crunchy and satisfying, you (and your kids) won’t even know you’re eating veggies.
Vine Ripe Tomatoes
Why: Of all the produce that’s better fresh, nothing beats a local, vine ripe tomato. According to healthline, “Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.”
How: The ultimate summer appetizer (or side salad), this Caprese Salad from the Kitchn balances zesty balsamic, juicy tomato, and mild fresh mozzarella. Showcase the perfection of summer tomatoes with this fantastic summer dish!
Say Goodbye to Summer with Tacoma Boys
These are just to name a few! To see our vast array of quality local produce, swing by today. Just look for “locally grown” on our signs, or ask a friendly store associate to point you in the right direction. As summer comes to a close, say goodbye to the last and best of Washington’s summer produce.