Knowing where your food comes from is becoming an increasingly popular and important trend. People are beginning to focus their attention on learning the facts about the companies and farmers who produce much of what we find available on our grocery store shelves. Did you know that the average product in your local supermarket has traveled between 1,500 and 2,500 miles to reach that stores shelves? A truly amazing fact that many Americans do not know!
While it is near impossible to keep track of where every morsel of your food originated, we can all make a difference by gradually making smarter and more sustainable choices. Choosing to buy from farmers markets, food coops and local health food stores is perhaps the best way to begin to make those changes. Not only are these types of markets becoming more prevalent, they are often more affordable than traditional grocers. Buying local also helps to support the local farmers and businesses in your region. That means healthier food for you and a healthier economy in turn.
Buying your food via the internet is an increasingly popular option as well. While produce and perishable goods are hard to come by online for obvious reasons, a plethora or other products are available. This option is often best for purchasing products that are not grown in your region or products that are simply hard to find in traditional stores. Here at Blue Mountain Organics we maintain a catalog of those very products. From organic chia seeds to coconut sugar and purple corn, we carry a variety of hard to find organic products on our online store.
Next time you are shopping for your next meal, read the labels, ask questions and most importantly, make the right decision. Ask yourself, is there a more responsible and sustainable replacement for this particular product? Can I buy this locally? Ultimately your choices will play a big part in making a difference and your actions will serve as a catalyst for others to do the same. Bon Appetit!