Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Vegetables raised nearby are fresher, and they taste better because they've been bred for flavor and not for their ability to hold up in transit (unlike the average piece of produce, which journeys between 1,500 and 2,500 miles before it lands in your kitchen). Shop for locally grown food.

Just consider: It takes about half a cup of diesel to haul ingredients from California to New York for one night's dinner. By buying from farmers nearby, you'll not only cut down on pollution, you'll also keep money circulating in your community and improve the quality of life for you and your neighbors.

Look for local food at your farmers' market, or find a grower at localharvest.org.