Fresh Produce: Nature’s Best Medicine

Do you prefer an apple’s crunch over a potato chip’s snap? Do you value the quality and taste of fresh produce? How about supporting your local farmers and the environment?If you answered yes to any of these questions about farm-fresh fruits and veggies, you should consider getting them delivered to your door. In this blog, we’ll tell you why eating fresh produce is good for your health and how you can get the freshest and most nutritious produce from your local farms.

Why Eating Fresh Produce is Good for Your Health

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, providing essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Here are some quick research findings:

  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, and improve blood sugar control.
  • Eating fresh produce can provide more antioxidants than processed or cooked produce, as antioxidants are sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen. Antioxidants can protect cells from oxidative stress, inflammation, and aging.
  • Eating fresh produce can support your gut health because fruits and vegetables are high in dietary fiber, relieving constipation, lowering cholesterol, and feeding the gut’s good bacteria.
  • Eating fresh produce can boost your immune system, as fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamin C, enhancing your body’s ability to fight infections and heal wounds.

Why Hydroponic Farming Works

If you want to enjoy the health benefits of eating fresh produce, you need to make sure that your produce is fresh; lettuce can lose up to 30 percent of nutrients in just three days after harvest! How do you know your produce is fresh? One way is to buy hydroponic produce from a farm fresh food delivery service.

The Neighborhood Harvest’s Farmers grow hydroponic tomatoes and lettuce in water instead of soil, which has many advantages, such as:

  • Faster growth and higher yields than soil-grown produce
  • More efficient use of water and nutrients
  • Less exposure to pests and diseases
  • Better flavor and texture

Veggies like tomatoes and lettuce are also harvested at their peak of ripeness. This means that you will get the freshest and most nutritious produce possible, unlike the grocery store produce that may have been harvested weeks ago and transported long distances.

Microgreens and Their Not-So-Micro Benefits

Another way to get the freshest and most nutritious produce is to try our new microgreens, young vegetable greens harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed with one set of true leaves. Microgreens are not only colorful and tasty but also packed with nutrients, such as:

  • Vitamin C, E, and K, which can support your immune system, skin health, and blood clotting
  • Beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which can protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration
  • Sulforaphane, which can help fight cancer and detoxify your body

We grow a variety of microgreens at our Suffolk location, like broccoli, arugula, watercress, and more.

Does Your Produce Stack Up?

If you want to compare the quality and nutrition of our produce, like our Bibb lettuce and broccoli sprouts, with frozen, GMO, or generic store-bought produce, you can use the following criteria:

Color

Ours: vibrant and natural, showing high antioxidant and phytochemical levels.

Non-fresh: may appear less vibrant or even artificially colored, showing potential nutrient degradation or the use of preservatives.

Texture

Ours: crisp and tender, an indication of freshness.

Non-fresh: texture could range from overly soft to unusually tough, hinting at possible staleness, dehydration, or long-term freezing (ouch, freezer burn).

Flavor

Ours: rich and complex, totally ripe and unique.

Non-fresh: flavors might be less pronounced or uniform, a sign of unripeness or an effect of being frozen or genetically modified.

Shelf life

Ours: short with minimal processing.

Non-fresh: potentially extended, a result of way too much processing, preservation techniques, or genetic modifications.

How to Order Produce From TNH

Ordering and enjoying our fresh produce is easy and convenient. You can choose from our weekly or biweekly delivery plans and select the crop you want from our Shop. You can also customize your order according to your preferences and dietary needs.

We will deliver your produce to your door within 48-72 hours of harvesting, in a recyclable and insulated bag, or inside your cooler on your doorstep. Enjoy your produce in salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and so much more for complete rejuvenation.

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