Lots of stores and restaurants now feature locally sourced foods, menu items, and ingredients. Eating local reduces transportation costs, reduces handling time and cost, and supports local farms and businesses. Plus, local food is fresher, healthier and tastes better because it spends less time in transit from farm to plate. Locally sourced foods also lose fewer nutrients and incur less spoilage. Farmers will talk to you about ‘seasonal eating’, whereby you try to purchase what’s harvested during each season. This reduces the amount of fruit and vegetables shipped across the country (or across the world) to get to the store. This not only uses tremendous amounts of energy, it also means these fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripened, which means they lack many of the nutrients of freshly harvested ones. The hardest part about eating local is if you live in an area that imports most of its fresh fruit and produce, which makes seasonal eating harder, especially in winter. I’m in one of those areas. But it’s not hard to ask your grocer next time you’re in the store what’s fresh or seasonal. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite you hadn’t tried before.