Farm-to-table is a growing trend that we stand behind. Here at Rootastes, our menus are created based on which foods are in season, so we can buy local ingredients whenever possible.
We believe that using local ingredients is better for us, tastes delicious, and supports our community. And we’ll prove it to you!
Just over one hundred years ago, most of the food Americans ate came from within 50 miles of where they were eating it. Nowadays, a study from Iowa revealed that the average meal travels 1,550 miles before reaching our plates- and that number can be greater or less depending on where you live.
With so much time spent traveling, our food is less nutrient-dense by the time it reaches are plates. One study found that the vitamin C content of broccoli sourced internationally was half that of broccoli sourced locally.
Eating local ensures your body receives the maximum amount of nutrients food has to offer, helping us thrive.
Local farmers take pride in what they grow. If you’re a farmers’ market frequenter, most of the produce on display was picked that morning at the peak of ripeness. Imported foods tend to lose their flavor over the long journey to your plate, and in many cases, have to be coated in wax to maintain freshness.
Furthermore, local produce is grown seasonally in optimum conditions for your area. Take a bite out of that!
American farmers receive as low as 7.8 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food. At farmers markets, they receive 90 cents on the dollar. Not only are you supporting local farmers, that 90 cents supports the community as a whole by allowing farmers to offer more job opportunities and stay in business, continuing their local spending.
Hop on the local by eating local!
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.