When it comes to ensuring that you have the freshest and highest-quality fruits and vegetables, shopping can be tricky. With so many different types of produce available, it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, there are a number of resources that can help you find the perfect fruits and veggies for your needs. Here are five of our favorite resources when shopping for fruits and vegetables:
Farmers’ markets are a great way to get fresh, locally-grown produce. By buying directly from the farmers themselves, you will know exactly what is in season, who grew it, and how it was harvested – all valuable information when selecting your produce. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about the produce quality or growing practices before making your purchase. Plus these markets often offer unique varieties that may not be available in supermarkets or through other sources.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
Another great way to get fresh produce is through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA programs provide participants with a weekly box of local seasonal items delivered right to their doorsteps. These boxes usually include multiple organic items such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese, breads, honey and more! Not only do CSA programs let you enjoy the freshest produce possible but they also support local farmers while connecting people with their food system on a deeper level.
Local Grocery Stores:
While most grocery stores carry conventional produce grown far away from the store’s location there are some that now offer locally grown selections as well! Look for signs indicating when certain items are locally sourced or talk to your store’s manager for more information about where their products come from so you can make an informed decision about which ones to buy.
Online Shopping Sites:
If you don’t want to go out and search for produce yourself then online sites such as Farmbox Direct, or organic vegetable CSA delivery boxes make ordering quality fruits and vegetables easy by delivering them straight to your doorstep! Farmbox Direct offers organic variety boxes with both conventional and heirloom varieties plus they offer subscription options if you would like regular deliveries of fresh produce on a scheduled basis.
If you want even more control over your selection then U-Pick farms may be just what you need! At U-Pick farms visitors are allowed to go into fields or orchards full of ripe fruit trees or vegetable plants to pick whatever catches their eye – no presorted boxes here! This activity is especially fun for kids as they learn about agriculture first hand while enjoying being outside in nature during harvest time (just beware of rogue bumblebees).
No matter which type of resource you choose there is nothing quite like enjoying fresh picked fruits or vegetables – so take some time this summer to explore one or all of these options! Whether it’s picking up ingredients at your local farmers’ market, subscribing to a CSA box program or u-picking from nearby farms – there’s something special about knowing where your food comes from and helping support local growers who work hard every day bringing deliciousness straight from farm gate right onto your plate!