Summer is just around the corner and the first locally grown vegetables are beginning to appear on the shelves of public markets and supermarkets. Their arrival may have been delayed somewhat this year due to the cold spring, but fiddleheads are already here and we’ll soon bite our teeth into asparagus, lettuce and rhubarb.
This is the perfect time to buy fresh produce, not only to enjoy better taste and higher nutritional value, but also to participate in environmental protection. In fact, did you know that in North America, food travels 2,000 to 2,500 km on average before landing on our plates?
And to avoid getting too damaged in transport, some fruits and vegetables from afar are picked before they ripen, thereby making them less rich from the nutritional point of view.
So make the most of the summer months to buy fresh and local. You’ll enjoy quality products and also encourage our local producers.
To monitor the arrival of your favourite fruits and vegetables in real time, I suggest that you consult our Eat Local page, where you will find not only the availability chart of fruits and vegetables in your area, but also all the corresponding recipes as well as a local menu so that you don’t miss anything out. Make the most of it!
Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 17, 2014.