I remember dusting off blackberries and eating them without washing them. I lived in West Virginia for some time as a child and it was a common thing to do. We grew up eating ripe fruits and vegetables. Picking and shipping produce from afar means the ripening time is cut short and the taste in compromised.
I prefer locally grown produce not only for its taste but also because it’s better for the environment and supports our local communities. There’s a lot of energy used to transport from different continents, countries, states that is not needed if we buy from our local farmers. And buying from them also helps and supports our local communities.
These local farmers do come to the weekly farmer’s market but I don’t always get there on Sunday’s. I love the farmer’s market, including the great food, but some weeks I’m not able to make it work into my schedule.
I decided to get produce delivered. The produce is local so it meets my needs. I’ve used the company before and enjoyed it but we just didn’t use all the produce every 2 weeks. I now get it delivered every 3 weeks and can cancel any delivery I want.
In addition to the delivery flexibility, another advantage is I’m more apt to try new vegetables by seeing them as options online. When I’m at the farmer’s market, I go to specific stands for specific items and don’t always look around for other items to buy or try.
Overall having produce delivered regularly encourages me to eat more vegetables and fruit, which is a nice habit to have!
What have you done to “trick” yourself into better habits?