Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Have you ever considered where the "fresh" produce on your table comes from? I mean, before you plucked it from the shelf or out of the bin of your local grocery store. Have you ever considered how far your food traveled to get to the store? Or when it was picked from a farm? Or what country it came from?
You may be shocked to find out that your food, has traveled on average 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate. Shocking, isn't it? Now, let's consider for a moment how long did your food spend traveling that 1,500 miles.
Food that is grown within the United States may spend up to 5 days in transit from the farm to a local distribution center and then it is trucked again to your local store.
Food grown outside the United States may take a couple of days, if transported by air freight to as long as several weeks when sent by ship. Then once your produce arrives at your favorite grocery store it can spend 1 - 3 days on the shelf or in the bin before it is purchased. It is seeming less "fresh" about now, isn't it.
Now you have purchased your "fresh" herbs, vegetables and fruit and take it to your house. It may now be up to another 7 days before you pull it out of the refrigerator and eat it. Wow! Fresh produce just took on a whole new meaning. I am thinking it is not deserving of the word "fresh" in front of it anymore. We haven't even discussed when it was harvested and how long it took to start its journey to your store!
Herbs, vegetables and fruit have their highest nutritional value when they are harvested at their peak of maturity. I think you know where I am going with this. How can you ensure that you are eating the freshest, most nutrient dense food? You've got it! You can only achieve that level of freshness when you are harvesting from your own kitchen garden.
A kitchen garden allows you to control exactly how it is grown, the soil, the type of seeds, the fertilizer and when it is harvested. Then and only then will you get truly "fresh" food. The food you grow will be the "freshest" food you will ever eat.