A west wind is blasting the snow across our fields and roaring through the trees around our house. This time of the year, the windows on my cold frames are frozen to the wood, and I can’t pick lettuce. Snow has buried the kale waiting under a frost cloth, denying me that fresh green. I grow sprouts and microgreens, but I still crave lettuce and collards. So John and I prowl the produce aisles, buying enough lettuce or spinach to make a salad. Once, we bought strawberries shipped many miles, but they had no flavor. The homegrown strawberries in my freezer were filled with more nutrients and flavor. As a writer for Business Insider stated:
“Sure, those glistening strawberries might look tasty, but if they’re not in season where you live, you might be better off getting the frozen or canned version.”
If you’re buying fruits and vegetables when they’re out of season, it means they’re not being farmed and harvested domestically. Instead, they’re shipped from abroad where local conditions allow them to grow.
While fresh produce typically contains higher levels of nutrients at harvest than frozen or canned varieties, these nutrients start to degrade as soon as the foods are picked, packed, and assembled on produce displays. The longer freshly-harvested fruits and veggies sit in transit, at the grocery store, or even in your refrigerator, the fewer vitamins and nutrients they retain.”
This is why I encourage people to buy our certified organic frozen Michigan blueberries. During the harvest season, we shake the berries off the bushes and within 24 hours, they are in a box being frozen. So before you grab the clamshell from Peru, pleases consider buying a box of frozen berries from us. Support a local farmer and taste the difference.