Local Produce vs. Industrial Produce
Why do we choose local produce over industrial produce? Well, aside from the obvious heebie-jeebies involved, “industrial food” may also be less nutritious than local fruits and veggies.
Penn State food scientists found when stored at 39 degrees, spinach loses 47 percent of its nutrient content after eight days. At 68 degrees, it takes only four days for spinach to lose the same amount of nutrients. Now, picture this: spinach is picked by the grower and stored in a warm truck for several days while it’s being shipped to another part of the country. Imagine how many more nutrients are lost before the spinach even makes it to your dinner table. It’s also important to keep in mind that even if the color looks good, it doesn’t mean it still contains nutrients. And, adding spinach to ice water won’t help either because nutrient loss is irreversible.
That’s why the awesome part about partnering with local farmers is we often receive our local greens within a day of harvest. That means we can blast freeze those greens ASAP to retain maximum nutrients. This equals more green smoothie nutrition for you!
Sourcing Non-Local Green Smoothie Ingredients
We do source some of our green smoothie ingredients outside the area—at least until a local farm masters the art of growing avocados and pineapples in the Midwest. And, we buy certified organic for any ingredient on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen™ list that are not available locally. Learn more.