The Importance of Buying Local, Organic Peaches

August 12, 2019

Summer simply is not complete until I've tasted the first perfectly sweet Colorado peach, ideally biting into one and having its juices stream down my chin and hands. The perfect peach for me is one that must be eaten bare feet in the grass or precariously perched over the kitchen sink to contain the peach-scented rivers. It's really hard to only eat one! 

If you've been scouring farmer's markets this summer, you know how incredibly difficult it is to find peaches that you know are 100% Colorado-grown and truly Organic. Buying local matters for more reasons than one. There's the obvious benefit of supporting our local farmers and economy, but one of the most important reasons in my mind is nutritional-density (a term you will start to hear more and more of).

 Non-local produce is traditionally picked underripe so that it can travel long distances and then sit on grocery store shelves waiting to be purchased. The problem with this is that produce is at its peak nutritional-density (when it has the highest level of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals) when picked perfectly ripe, and then consumed as quickly as possible thereafter. Interestingly enough, nutrient-density and flavor also coincide (without getting too geeky, this has to do with the Brix content of the produce). So, for the most nutritious and flavorful bang for your buck, buying produce that has the least amount of time and distance between harvest and your mouth is the way to go.

In my opinion, Peaches and Cherries are both important to buy organically, as they are on the list of "The Dirty Dozen," the 12 fruits and vegetables that typically have the highest measured concentrations of pesticides according to The Environmental Working Group (EWG). https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php

We're very lucky to be partnering with the very first USDA Certified Organic Fruit Orchard in Colorado. The Ela family has been farming these beautiful orchards in Hotchkiss, Colorado for generations and have perfected their organic fruit growing process. We will only have peaches for 3-4 weeks and will have a limited harvest each week. 

Stock up and load up your freezer for a little taste of summer come December :)

Kristin Varela-Schild

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