Local food movements are more than just a trend, people across the nation are realizing that having access to fresh and healthy food is an important part of being human. Consumers and eaters are asking for higher quality from their produce and want flavor back in their diets. It’s easy to see why not only are fresh fruits and vegetables good for us, but they taste better too.
Tomatoes at your local supermarket are bred to survive the long trip they have from the vine to your table, and this comes at the cost of taste and texture. It’s hard to blame the breeders, because people want tomatoes year round, and they don’t grow year round everywhere in the country. So to meet demand, fruits and vegetables took a hit in the flavor category in order to make it to market. As consumers realized that they want their vegetables to actually taste good too, supermarkets are now stocking shelves with higher quality heirloom produce, but this can get costly. One solution to this is to start growing your own fruits and vegetables, but there are more reasons too. Here are several reasons why you should start your own vegetable garden, no matter how small at first.
Now don’t expect to grow your family's entire food supply yourself on your back lawn, but it’s a great way to supplement and expand your diet. This is especially true with herbs and other flavorful plants. A little can go a long way to adding fresh flavor to your meals. The more you get into it, the more you learn how to adapt what you grow to what your family's tastes are and your growing climate. So don’t wait! Get outside, get active, and get into a new hobby that provides you with fresh fruits and vegetables!