It’s that time of year, when local produce is abundant and fresh. The shelves of our Produce Department are packed with a nutritious and colourful selection of organic fruits and vegetables from across BC, and, of course, from farms right here in the Kootenays.
You can find the shelves in our Produce Department teeming with organic, in-season, True Local produce:
- snap peas
- leafy greens
- green onions
- field cucumbers
- variety of fresh herbs
You can even find local organic flower bouquets, and select potted herbs!
What’s coming up in produce
In the weeks to come, look for more and more BC-grown stone fruit, melons, berries and tree fruits. Ground crops like potatoes and onions will carry us into the fall. The Kootenay Co-op is also proud to stock local organic produce year-round, providing our customers a taste of the Kootenays during all four seasons.
Flavour, nutrition and local benefits
Nothing says summer more than biting into a juicy plum, snacking on a handful of crisp sugar snap peas, or slicing up a sweet hydrating melon. But taste isn’t the only benefit gained by eating locally-grown organic food. Organic produce is higher in nutrients than non-organic produce, and reduces exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Buying organic also helps support the economy by representing the true cost of food production, by taking into consideration: land, labour, transportation, storage and environmental costs. By supporting local farmers, you’re also supporting the environment by creating less pollution during transport, and helping our local economy. You’re also helping to support all the hard-working farmers and farm hands who help put nutritious and delicious food on your and your family’s table.
Want to read more on the benefits of organic produce? Check out this informative article from Alive Magazine.