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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

30 Days to a Greener Diet - Day 28

Pick Your Own
Fruit Is Freshest Right from the Tree

Why not give a whole new meaning to the term "fresh fruit" and pick your own for a change?

In addition to enjoying the exclusivity of being your very own fruit handler, you’ll be preventing the pollution that results from transporting that must-have produce: Much of our food travels between 1500 and 2500 miles to get to our table. That’s a heck of a lot of greenhouse gases for some berries.

Picking your own fruit guarantees you’re getting the freshest produce right from the tree. By patronizing a u-pick farm you’re supporting local agriculture, and many u-pick farms are organic, which means fewer toxic pesticides on your fruit. Even more are what’s called low-spray, which refers to an integrated pest management approach that reduces the amount of petroleum-based pesticides typically found in Big Ag-produced fruit. Less spray on fruit; less spray in you.

Reconnecting with the land is a very green thing. Get together a group of friends or family and plan a day at a u-pick farm. Start by locating a farm near you.

And don’t forget to pick extras to use in one of these recipes:
Cranberry Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel Recipe
Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

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