From Farm to Table. Ever wonder about the journey that mango at the grocery store took in order to make it's way to your table? What about the wide variety of 'fresh' fruits and vegetables offered daily? The truth is, most of the fresh produce that shoppers come across in stores today is not from our county, sometimes not even our country. By buying fresh produce seasonally from local farm stands, or picking your own, consumers can skip the guessing game and bring local products straight from the field, to the table.
Support Your Local Farmer. Have you gotten to know some of your local farmers? Studies show that casual face-to-face interactions at neighborhood businesses help build personal relationships and can positively affect your own business. Purchasing fresh fruits and veggies provided by your local farmer is not only good for your health, it's beneficial to the prosperity of the community. And by supporting the local economy, you bestow support on human beings in your neighborhood versus massive agricultural business GMO corporations. Now, doesn't that feel nice?
Real Food, Real Good. Have you ever heard of the saying, 'You are what you eat?' In 2006, the United States experienced an E. Coli outbreak in spinach that infected almost 200 people. It was an example of what can happen in large industrial plants when genetically modified food is mass produced, bagged and preserved; a setting that's ripe for bacteria growth. In fact, words like 'preservatives' and 'genetically modified' are unheard of at small farms. And at the rate fresh fruits and vegetables lose their nutrients, produce that's pre-frozen, canned or shipped is not as nutritionally valuable as something that's been recently picked. And we think your physical wellbeing is worth the 'TLC' that local farmers put into their harvest.
Skip the grocery store, get the view. Have you seen where we live? No, seriously, have you? Gardiner has some of the most breathtaking, 'pinch yourself' views in the Hudson Valley. Nestled right under the Shawangunk mountains are it's farms and orchards that each have astounding views to claim. And places like Goodnow Family Farm and Tantillo's Farm even have commodities for the little ones. (Family trip, anyone?) And of course, like Jenkins & Leuken Orchard, there are orchards that have delicious homemade hard cider for the adults. Don't forget the off-season goodies comprising of tasty fruit jams and spreads, award-winning pies and seasonal decor. So remember to thank your local farmer today for ensuring farms will be in your community tomorrow; giving our future generations access to delicious, nutritional and abundant food.
Thank you Tantillo's Farm, Goodnow Family farm & Jenkins & Leuken Orchard for being a part of our community.
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