It's the perfect time of year to buy local fruits and veggies. Grocery store produce often travels hundreds of miles to reach you, but when you buy from local sources such as farmers markets, roadside stands, and local farms, it reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Freshly picked local food is more nutritious and tastes better too!
It's important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables provide the wide range of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients your body uses to stay healthy and energetic. Oregon produces a wide variety of fruits and veggies so take advantage of where we live and eat local!
Buy Local Fruits and Vegetables
- Learn why it is best to buy local and find resources for buying local fruits and veggies at Local Harvest.
- Healthy ways to prepare local veggies include eating them raw with low-fat dips or in salads; stir frying or sautéing with canola, olive, or sesame oil; steaming, and roasting with olive oil.
- If possible, it's always best to buy local and organic. Organic advantages include: Less pesticides in or on the food Farm workers are exposed to fewer pesticides It's better for the soil It's healthier for our water supply Less fossil fuels are used
- Introduce more fruits and vegetables to the children of your life by trying Kid Friendly Local Fruits and Vegetables (pdf).
- Eat more fruits and vegetables with or without a delicious dip with these Workplace Friendly Local Fruits and Vegtables (pdf).
- Prevent fruit flies from appearing by eliminating the sources. Ripe produce should be eaten or refrigerated. Keep your kitchen clean, eliminate fruit juice spills, and empty your kitchen garbage frequently. Keep fruit and veggies in covered containers.
- To eliminate fruit flies, construct a trap by placing a paper funnel (rolled from a sheet of paper) into a jar and then “bait” the funnel with a few ounces of cider vinegar. This trap will catch any remaining adult flies, which can then be killed or released outdoors.
Fit Physical Activity Into Your Day
- Invite a co-worker to walk to a local farmers market, private gardens, or community garden in Portland, Salem, or Eugene near your worksite. It’s a good way to know what’s in season and ready to pick/eat.
- Did you know gardening for 30 to 45 minutes burns about 150 calories? Visit CDC's website for more ways to burn calories as you enjoy the summer weather.
- Pick-Your-Own Farms are a great way to get some exercise while picking delicious Oregon fruits and veggies.