It’s that time of year again! The scent of pumpkin spice is in the air, and the holidays will be here before you know it. As the leaves change and the air grows crisp, what better way to embrace the season than enjoying the bountiful harvest of locally sourced seasonal produce.
Taking a farm-to-fork approach to preparing holiday meals can have several benefits. Locally grown produce is fresher, more ripe, and has more nutritional value than foods transported across the country, or even the world, before making their way to a grocery store shelf near you. Not only are locally sourced food items better for you, they also look and taste better by maintaining more of their natural color, vibrancy, and aroma – helping to bring your holiday recipes to life with even more flavor.
Eating local food items is also good for the planet. Locally sourced food reduces the time, resources, and distance required for food to travel from the farm to your fork. The more miles required to transport food products by land, sea, or air, the more harmful greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere.
When you buy in-season local food items, you’re also nurturing a healthier agricultural economy and helping maintain farmland in your community. Buying local keeps community dollars circulating within the community, allowing those dollars to be reinvested with other local businesses. You’re also supporting the hard work, long hours, and noble passion of farmers all across North Carolina. These great men and women provide us with fresh ingredients that are the centerpiece of holiday meals where memories are made. What could be better than that? As we begin the season of giving, there is no better way to give back to our farmers and communities than choosing local produce grown with pride and served with love.
Sysco, the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food products to restaurants and other customers, shares this passion for supporting local agricultural communities by proudly partnering with more local ranchers, growers, and producers than any distributor in the industry! They support farm-to-table initiatives to deliver the best products from anywhere to everywhere.
In anticipation of the holiday season, Sysco is ensuring that more of our neighbors enjoy locally sourced fresh foods by making donations to our local food banks. Earlier this year Sysco donated to 42 food banks across the U.S. as part of their signature Nourishing Neighbors® program, where a portion of the proceeds from each Sysco branded case sold in local communities is donated back to charitable organizations in those communities.
Supporting the local agriculture community and giving back are just some of the ways Sysco is connecting the world to share food and care for one another this holiday season.
To find out more about Sysco, please visit www.sysco.com/Sustainability/People