LEWISTON – Lots to Gardens will host an Eat Local Week celebration during the Lewiston Farmers’ Market from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in Kennedy Park.
Activities will include local food tasting, cooking demonstrations, veggie races, veggie crafts, face-painting and a parade.
The group promotes local food as a fresher, less costly and healthier alternative to food that is grown and shipped from other states or countries. The average item on your dinner plate travels more than 1,500 miles, according to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Much of it is chemically treated, not thoroughly cleaned and less nutritious.
Food that has to be transported a long distance is often preserved with waxes, irradiation, gases and synthetic chemicals, such as fungicides and sprout inhibitors. In order to extend shelf life, certain foods are also subjected to irradiation. This process reduces the nutritional value of foods and has uncertain effects on human health.
Because local food is less processed and sold shortly after harvesting, it is nutritionally superior to food that has to travel long distances.
Also, buying directly from local farmers can stimulate the local economy and ensure that the people who grow your food reap the full compensation of their labor.
Source: Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine, http://www.eatmainefoods.org/2006/01/ why_buy_local_foods.html
Source: Food that travels this distance has been chemically treated and is less nutritious:
Source: http://www.capersmarkets.com/ article/top-10-reasons-eat-local
Go and do
What: Eat Local Week celebration
When: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Kennedy Park, corner of Bates and Pine