Buying In Season Foods is Just a Short Trip Away
This was my first-ever blog post for Tom's of Maine, a brand who has since become a trusted partner and friend. I gave Tom's the privilege of my family's loyalty, because I care about the products we use, and around here, we're hyper-aware of what goes in and on our bodies. Years ago, when I got my first assignment from the Tom's team, I couldn't have been more honored.
...or more unprepared.
I had been writing for Purina's Petcentric brand for a few months, but Tom's of Maine was the natural-lifestyle big leagues, and I needed a crash course in grammar, research skills, and SEO tactics.
Thankfully tough, the topic was right up my alley: why and how to buy local food.
Many of my readers know that my family owns an organic farm in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. So no one was better qualified for the assignment than I.
Plus, readers need this. Buying local, in-season foods is a great way to achieve 2 wellness goals:
- Avoid pesticides and genetically engineered food. While many little local producers still use the occasional application of chemical, it's rare you find a diverse family farm that douses crops with multiple fly-overs the way monoculture farms do. Plus, for every small farm that does employ conventional methods, there's an organic farmer nearby to choose instead.
- Get more of the good stuff. That's right, there are almost always more vitamins and minerals in the produce you buy locally, fresh from the farmer. Why? Transportation and preservation, of course! For each day that passes after harvest, your leafy greens are wilting, and the nutrient content is changing. Harvesting and consuming without delay is the best way to deliver the goodies to growing bodies. And you guessed it: shopping local is the way to achieve that.
This article was difficult in my assigned keyword: Buying in Season Foods. Try to work that into a sentence naturally. I did my best, and it worked out beautifully.
Are you excited to see the final product? I'm delighted to share it with you. Here it is. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed crafting it.