We all know that fruits and vegetables are a staple in maintaining a healthy, well-rounded diet. Daily, we should be getting at least 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables into our meals. Now did you notice in that previous sentence I said “should be getting”. Well, for various reasons it can be difficult to get fresh vegetables and fruits incorporated into our daily diet. More often than not, one of those reasons is due to where the produce comes from.
It’s not uncommon to roll through the grocery store produce section and see a plethora of potatoes or tons of tomatoes hailing from locations unknown. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure our friends from other locales grow great goodies. However, like many folks, I want to know where my food comes from. More so, I also want to know the practices of the farmers who grow and produce the food.
From Source to Table with a Stop In-Between
The next time you hold a piece of fruit or a veggie in your hand, just know it has traveled quite the distance to get to you. So where did it come from, and how? The answer to that question revolves around multiple supply chains stretching across the country or continents. Most fruits and vegetables come from countries like Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and many other countries. The state of California is also responsible for producing items such as kiwis, plums, and spinach. Other places like South America and Central America, produce bananas, grapes, green beans, and cantaloupes, which are imported to the United States.
So let’s start with the basics, shall we? Farmers grow fruits and vegetables. I know that was probably brand new, shocking information for you. All kidding aside, we know this, but many of us don’t comprehend what it takes to grow food. Farming takes a lot of nurturing and cultivation. From soil conditions to the weather, packaging, and transport, farmers work hard to get fresh produce out of the field and to the consumer.