Who wants to eat fruit that’s travelled around the world to get to you? On average produce travels around 8000 kilometres to land in your supermarket. Who wants jet-lagged lettuce?
Not only is eating local food, of course, fresher, but it’s better for the environment (not needing jet fuel to get to you)—as well as there’s less plastic involved, and finally food produced in surrounding organic farms will generally have less pesticides.
It’s better for you, it’s kinder to the planet—and it’s just that much more delicious. Here are five easy hacks to start eating locally.
Shop at Farmers’ Markets
South Africa has a thriving market culture, and these days there is a farmers’ market in close radius to your address. Make a morning out of it and collect edible treasures while enjoying coffee with friends.
Join a community of like-minded foodies
UCOOK delivers boxes of goodness filled with ethical ingredients and easy recipes cards, to your door. Taking the shopping, and thinking out of dinner. Even better, UCOOK supports small-batch farmers and upskilling projects. Local eating made easy.
Find your local garden
Many neighbourhoods have small allotments where they grow seasonal veg and deliver weekly boxes of their crop. Such as Jardim, a family’s organic garden in Noordhoek, where you can bring the kids and join them on harvest days.
Support local businesses
Is there a nearby roastery, cheesery, bakery? Support the local businesses in your area rather than buying these products from large supermarkets, not only will the quality of the product be higher, but by supporting these businesses you will help a local economy flourish.
Read the label and think seasonally
Use your common sense—don’t buy strawberries in winter, just wait for summer. The beauty of the seasons is that they gift us with different kinds of produce, and these cycles should be respected. Finally, read labels, find out where your food comes from you’ll be all the more empowered for it.