4 benefits of eating local, farm-grown food

Little girl picking fresh cherry berry in the gardenWhen was the last time you purchased some farm-fresh produce? If it’s been a while, you’re missing out on an opportunity to support your family’s health and general well-being. We aren’t exaggerating either. Eating produce that’s grown here in Utah is a great way to get all of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need.

1.) Transparency. As you already know, much of the produce at your local supermarket comes from other states or countries like Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Chile. Many of these countries have different rules and regulations in terms of washing, packaging and shipping produce. The longer your food is in transit, the more likely it is to become contaminated. Additionally, food that’s shipped from thousands of miles away loses its flavor and nutrient content.

2.) More nutrients. As soon as fresh fruits and vegetables are picked, their vitamin and nutrient content begins to decrease. Much of the produce sold in groceries and big-box retailers sit in refrigerators for days or weeks before its placed on trucks or airplanes and shipped to stores. By the time you cook with it, the health benefits have diminished. Buying fresh produce from Rowley’s Red Barn, on the other hand, ensures you maximize your nutrient intake. All of the produce in our Fresh Fruit Cooler has been picked within the last several days.

3.) Better tasting. Fruits and vegetables not only lose vitamins and nutrients while sitting around, they also lose their flavor. Produce that’s shipped from other countries is picked early on in the growing cycle so it doesn’t rot before making its way to store shelves. Farm-fresh produce is picked at the peak of ripeness. This ensures it’s juicy, mouthwatering and features a full range of flavor. When you taste our fruits and vegetables, you’re sure to notice a difference.

4.) Supports local businesses. Eating farm-grown produce doesn’t just protect your physical health, it also protects the economic health of your community. When you spend your hard-earned dollars at Rowley’s Red Barn, it goes right back to the work we do growing and harvesting the highest quality produce. You’re also supporting our team members and their families. When you buy produce at a chain grocery, the money goes back to the corporation.

Buying and eating local, farm-grown food is one of the best decisions you can make. Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to stop by our Dixie or Santaquin locations. We’re confident you’ll find something delicious to treat you and your family to. Plus, it’s good for your health and good for the great state of Utah.

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