This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.
When my parents first moved to Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island, for those that are not familiar with the area), I though that they had it all – sun, sand, and of course, amazing produce and seafood, but thankfully, Atlanta is close enough to Florida that we get to reap some of those benefits. Sure, we don’t really have amazing seafood in stores here, unless you search far and wide and we don’t have the beach, but one thing we do have is amazing produce year-round thanks to Fresh From Florida! Plus, I get to have a beach home anytime I want to. Thanks, parents! 😉
Let me tell you a little secret about myself: I love fruits and vegetables. Actually, it’s really not a secret because just about everyone knows that about me. I am one of those people that goes to the grocery store and spends 90% of my time in the produce section and I also adore going to the farmers market because of the local, premium selections that you can find. If I had to choose just three types of food that I had to eat for the rest of my life, they would be: Produce (fruits + vegetables), Seafood, and Italian (or maybe French, I’m not sure?!). I am pretty picky about my food, though. It needs to look, smell, and taste good. I like the best of the best and I don’t settle for less.
I talked about this some last year, but when I first found Fresh From Florida in my local Publix, I was shocked, but so happy. I didn’t realize they offered their products in Georgia! Ever since I first found their in-season produce in my local grocery store, I have stuck with them and have never been let down.
While eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important to me, eating in-season produce is equally as important because it has so many benefits. Eating in-season is not only better for you financially (in-season produce is usually less expensive), but it is also better for you and those around you, in general.
For example, eating in-season vegetables and fruits usually have higher nutrient levels and typically taste better. Seasonal produce is also beneficial to the environment because in-season crops are able to grow without chemical additions. If you need a third reason to eat in-season crops, then the cherry on top is knowing that you are helping out your local farmers. When you support local farmers and businesses, you are directly putting food into their families mouths and that is very, very important to me. Don’t you want to thank those Florida farmers that make it so easy to eat produce year-round?! Eating in-season really is a win for yourself and everyone around you.
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing the perfect spring recipe with you all: A Watermelon Slush, but until then, definitely follow Fresh From Florida on their Recipe page, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram for quick and healthy recipes.