Last weekend, I took some friends with me on my regular shopping trip to the farms in Orange County so they could pick up a few tips on selecting the best tasting and most nutrient-dense food. At South Coast Farm in San Juan Capistrano, we were thrilled to find a huge assortment of freshly picked zucchini, cucumber, new potatoes, red leaf romaine, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloup and more grown on site. (If you have never had a local potato, you must try theirs!)
One of my buddies reached for a package of tomatoes that looked shiny and pretty in its plastic clamshell labeled and delivered from a company hundreds of miles away. I didn’t slap his hand. I steered him toward the freshly picked, vine-ripened tomatoes grown on site. The look was not as uniform as the tomatoes trucked in, but the scent of real tomato was intoxicating and we knew they would taste amazing.
Any local farm stand you visit will feature what is grown at that farm with produce brought in from out of town as a convenience to the customer. It is great to support these farmers with whatever business you can provide, and the trick to getting the best tasting and most nutritious food is to ask what is grown on site. We all know that plant food begins to oxidize when it is harvested, and its nutrient value begins to decrease. Eating from local organic farms is one way to give your body the nutrient support it needs to stay healthy.
Keep an eye out for boxes coming in from the field. While we were there, boxes of strawberries were being walked in by workers. With her newfound knowledge of the health benefits of eating strawberries within 2 days of harvest, my other friend ran over and grabbed her berries out of that box. She said she has never tasted a berry that flavorful.