Eating Local in The Lou

Heirloom TomatoesTwo of the many things that make the Midwest so charming are the abundance of small farms and agriculture producers in the area. When it comes to choosing fruits and vegetables for your family, locally grown is the best option. The nutritional value of fruits and vegetables can decrease over time once it is harvested. Nothing is fresher than local produce, which is often sold within 24 to 48 hours of harvesting, when nutrient content is at its peak.

Buying local food is a great way to support the local economy because it keeps small farms in business and the money spent is re-invested in the local community. There are also environmental benefits associated with supporting local food systems and more often than not, the food tastes better because it is fresher!

How to find locally grown food in your area:
Locally grown food is becoming easier to find as consumer demand for fresh, nutritious food continues to increase. Below are some resources that may be helpful:

Slow Food St. Louis
Slow Food St. Louis lists St. Louis restaurants that feature locally produced food.

Missouri Farmer’s Market Directory

Local Harvest
If you are located outside of the state of Missouri, the Local Harvest website is a great resource for finding locally grown food in any area.

One Comment on “Eating Local in The Lou

  1. Great article on a topic so near &dear to my heart. Funny enough, I came across this article when typing in the name of my blog, which happens to be Eating Local in the Lou! Most of the recipes I share on my blog are nutritious with food sustainability in mind. If get a chance, please check it out!

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