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Can foods that look good to you also be good for you?

You may have heard some of the “buzz” (and we’re not just talking about little striped pollinators) about the importance of buying and eating local foods. One reason it’s such a good idea is that, as we age, our taste buds begin to fade just a bit. Locally grown fruits and vegetables truly have more flavor — flavor that didn’t get lost on a journey from another country, or in a freezer truck. So they literally, naturally taste better.

Furthermore, according to a recent Michigan State University study, because local food has a shorter time between harvest and your table, it also retains more vital nutrients. And then there’s the safety issue: the more steps there are between you and the farm, the more chances there are for something to go wrong.

And speaking of farms, somewhere near you right now, a farmer’s market is bustling with vendors offering everything from fresh produce to artisanal baked goods and cheeses. Here in the Downington area there are many markets to choose from — and who can resist those first juicy tomatoes?

At Simpson Meadows, we are committed to providing meals that are both enticing and nutritious, all year round. If you’d like to know more about our community, please call (484) 364-3861 or visit www.simpsonmeadows.org.

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