50 Reasons to Eat & Grow Local Food
Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen. Because the produce will be
handled less, locally grown fruit does not have to be “rugged” or engineered to focus on its ability to stand up to the rigors of
shipping. This means that you are going to be getting peaches (and varieties of peaches, tomatoes, etc.) so ripe that they fall apart as you eat them, figs that would have been smashed to bits if they were sold without excessive packaging, and melons that were allowed to ripen until the last possible minute on the vine.