Community Agriculture & Activities

Filed under: General Health, Nutrition

One of the biggest barriers preventing people from purchasing and consuming fresh local produce is often a matter of convenience. It is convenient to go to the supermarket and just buy what is there, there is no extra effort involved. You don’t have to find a farmer’s market or shop only at their limited time frames.

It is a one-stop shop and we use it as an excuse to not try harder to find better quality produce. I think it goes without saying that when you eat fresh produce the taste is beyond comparison to most store-bought items. Instead of being picked early and allowed to ripen on the trip to the store, local produce is picked when ripe and sold immediately.

This will provide a vast improvement in taste and a nutrition and is a much more sustainable practice than cross-country shipping of food. However, purchasing this food is easier said than done. People often feel like they don’t even know where to start or where to begin looking for access to local food.

So here is a solution for you – buy into Community Supported Agriculture. If you live in Maine as I do, here is a link to all of the CSA’s in the state. In addition, here is a link to all of the Farmer’s Markets in the state. These resources are now right at your fingertips (and I am sure there are websites like this for most states), so it is time to take action. No more excuses!

In addition people, including myself, often struggle to come up with ways to be more active during our free time. One of the best ideas is hiking, especially as we begin to enter fall. The temperatures are perfect, the views and beautiful and before you know it the leaves will be turning color and really taking it up another notch.

Now again, people often feel like they don’t know where to hike! Fortunately for you (well, for those of you in Maine) here is a link to all of the hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and biking trails in the state. I am sure that most other states have sites like this as well.

I think it is important that we put information like this to use. Enjoying the outdoors has been shown to decrease stress levels beyond just the benefits from the exercise itself. Stress management is one of the key pillars to long-term health and quality of life.

Eat fresh, eat local and enjoy the outdoors. Simple advice that can make a world of difference in your life.

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Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Brian St. Pierre


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