Healthy and natural: Taking advantage of local foods Healthy and natural: Taking advantage of local foods

As cities expand to more rural areas, it is becoming easier and easier to access foods directly from the source, supporting the local production and collaborative economy of a region.

This is a trend that supports fair trade. In addition to providing several different benefits for end users to not only find fresher, natural and more affordable products; it also benefits local producers and the environment.

One way to get the most nutrition from what you eat is to visit certain farmers markets, which can serve as opportunities to access natural or organic products. Find different options to change up your kitchen pantry and have a healthier diet including nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, grains, artisanal breads and pastas, or vegetable-based milks such as almond, soy or rice milk.

To get the most out of your local products, learn about the following tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: