Do the Ripe Thing: 7 Reasons to Pick Fruit from Local Farms

Photo by: Ruby Wright
Know where your fruit comes from
There is a great sense of pride when you know where your fruit was grown, rather than picking from a box in a store that has had a long trip to the market. It's one of the greatest benefits in picking your own fruit from local farms.
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Since the kids were small, we've been visiting farms every summer to pick fruit. It's been very important for me to teach them the benefits of picking our own fruit, but also how this is part of our heritage. I grew up with a backyard of fruit trees. My grandfather made us appreciate the fruit and how to care for our plants and trees. It was part of our everyday life. Today, I make it a point to visit farms with my family. We pick strawberries, blueberries, apples, cherries, peaches, and even corn! It's always a memorable time to stop by the farms and pick fruit. The benefits of picking fruit are huge, both in culture and health. Here are 7 reasons you may want to pick fruit, too. -By Ruby Wright

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