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diet-for-300x300We all want to serve our families nutritious meals. We plan menus, shop carefully and even with busy schedules put well-balanced meals on our dinner tables most of the time. Yet, we all know that our food supplies are more processed, less fresh and less healthy than they were in Grandma’s day. What can we do to optimize the health of our families? And how can we teach the younger generation to eat more wholesome foods?

One way to improve the nutritional value of meals is to eat locally. That means we learn about local markets, organic gardens and the like and we buy our foods in season. The benefit of such local, sustainable living is the ability to buy the freshest and thus the most nutritious items. Locally-grown food is also cheaper and creates less carbon emissions because the food is not transported for long miles before reaching our tables.

Buying locally is not only good for your family; it’s good for your community. Money is spent in the home community, thus supporting the hard-working farming families in your area. It’s a win-win situation. Check out the websites below to find the markets in your area.