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Sustainability tip: Eat to the local beet

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The term "farm to table" can be misleading; there's an average of 1,500 miles traveled from farm to table. Shop locally to reduce environmental impacts.
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Did you know, that according to the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, the average meal travels around 1,500 miles from farm to table?

Though local food options are more limited during the winter time, do not let the winter blues spill over onto your plate.

There are still great ways to eat local foods during the limited seasons. While you might have to do a little research and pay more attention at the grocery store, your plate will be more nutritious and your taste buds will thank you.

Three tips for what you can do:

Shop in-season produce. Winter squashes, root vegetables like carrots and beets and hardy greens like kale are all in season. Look for Colorado grown produce at the supermarket.

Animal products have much less seasonal variability than produce. If you eat meat, eggs, cheese or drink milk these products can often still be found locally in wintertime.

Think ahead for next winter. Caning, pickling, freezing and planting indoor herbs are all ways to eat some of your summer favorites and keep things fresh in the winter.