Are you a Locavore?
Definition: (Noun) A person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food. For the past ten years, the locavore movement has gathered momentum around the world, and our islands are beginning to take notice. Here are six reasons why you should consider eating locally.
Words by Emma Spencer-Smith
With staple and exotic produce available year round, it's hard to remember the importance of eating seasonally. Besides ingesting foods that don't depend on chemicals and waxes to preserve them for long shelf life, eating with nature's rhythms increases the variety of nutrients and vitamins you provide your body.
The distance travelled by our food – from farmer to plate – can, at times, be thousands of miles. Likewise, the amount of energy used to transport and safely store the food whilst in transit can be huge, generating a large carbon footprint and environmental impact. Consuming locally grown food dramatically reduces your carbon footprint.
Higher Nutritional Value
Once food is harvested, it quickly begins to lose nutritional value. Locally grown produce is likely sold within a day of being picked, therefore retaining a greater level of nutrients and often, superior taste.
Supports Local Economy
Money spent purchasing directly from a farmer supplier, generally means money stays in the local economy. Which means supporting your community, not a corporation.
Local farmers tend to grow produce based on the demand from consumers and restaurants, often resulting in more exotic and heirloom varieties being offered.
Without large transportation costs to recoup and chemicals and preservative sprays to account for, locally grown produce tends to be easier on the wallet.
Nassau, The Bahamas
After fleeing the cold Canadian winters, Ian and Karin Goodfellow returned to family roots in The Bahamas to establish Goodfellow Farms. Now occupying over forty acres, the farm supplies restaurants, cruise ships and hotels in and around The Bahamas. Their country store, with deli, is open daily.
Visit Cheapside Street Market in Bridgetown on a Saturday for the largest range of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Alternatively, enjoy the historic grounds of Holders House every Sunday for the Holders House Farmers Market where you can purchase organic produce, locally made jams, jellies and chutneys and souvenirs.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Revitalising old terraced farmland in Turnball Estate, Good Moon Farm have cultivated a huge range of staple and experimental produce. From lettuce greens and tomatoes, passion fruit and rare red bananas, to exotic flowers and grapes, they will deliver fresh, organic produce anywhere in the BVI.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Find local produce every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning at the bi-weekly farmer's market at Camana Bay, and every Saturday morning at The Grounds in Lower Valley. Select produce can also be found in local supermarkets.
Sustainable, organic farming has been growing from strength to strength in recent years and local farms Potosi and Woodford Market Garden are leading the way with wholesome, delicious goods available for home delivery.
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