It’s not surprising that fruits and vegetables are very important to maintaining our health but what is surprising is how quickly fresh produce loses its nutritional value. Kathleen Firth, a professor in Harvard’s School of Public Health, noted that the healthiest foods are those packing the most organic nutrients and travelling the shortest distance between picking and eating. University of California studies show that vegetables can lose 15 to 55 percent of Vitamin C, for instance, within a week. Researchers at Penn State discovered that even storing spinach at 39 degrees after harvest still resulted in folate levels dropping to only 53% after eight days.
What you may not know is that the average time for fruits and vegetables to be picked and shipped to our grocery stores is seven to ten days not to mention the days at home until we eat it.
This is why it is important whenever possible to get fresh local produce that will retain much more of its nutritional value.
At Backyard GardenShare, our goal is to have fruits and vegetables picked and available to hungry Utahns within 24 hours giving our most vulnerable populations the most nutrition possible.
Please help us achieve our goal by dropping off any extra produce from your garden at one of our many collection homes (map below).
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