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What I do to make sure we are eating all natural produce, is research each of the farmers that are at our local farmers markets and figure out what ones use natural processes which includes all natural chemicals and practices that were done many years ago for good reasons. I don’t only use organic certified farmers but there are farmers that don’t want to jump through the hoops of organic certification but also ones that use organic practices. I make sure that those are the farmers we purchase from even if it means we don’t get as big of a selection of produce for the week. We also pick our own fruit when possible which dramatically cuts the cost of our produce, and with 6 kids we can get lots picked in a short amount of time.
- Obviously the biggest affect is to to your local economy when your money is not given to big companies and stays local!
- Better nutritional value because the food does not have to go through processing which often brings down the nutritious value.
- You are not getting the added herbicides, pesticides that have shown to cause some very bad diseases and health conditions many of which we are seeing skyrocket.
- You are getting some of the freshest products you can get since often they were picked within the last couple days. This also means you are not getting the preservatives usually put onto most produce because they are not being shipped from far away!
- Better tasting food is just a given the produce is so much better tasting! My husband said to me when I made a couple heads of broccoli from a local farmer for dinner one night, what in the world do they do to the broccoli in the store that makes them look and taste so different… It’s the preservatives and chemicals makes a HUGE difference you don’t realize till you taste the fresh…