Green Corner: Healthy food is right underneath our noses

Winter is a hard time of the year to eat local foods, and doing so is very important when taking your carbon footprint into consideration. The farther your food travels, the larger the footprint. As Rider students, there are some things we can do to enjoy local foods during the harsh winter months.
We can still enjoy some produce from the tri-state area while watching the snow fall because local shops in Princeton and Lawrenceville sell produce all year long. Look out for turnips, winter squash, potatoes, pears, parsnips, carrots, onions and mushrooms. All of these fresh local foods can be found in farmers markets, as well as supermarkets. A few places relatively close to Rider that sell these different foods include Whole Earth Center in Princeton and Trenton Farmers Market.
When actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier came to Rider, he mentioned an app called Food Tripping. This app helps followers find healthy local food. Check out the app whenever you are looking to venture out and try some local food.
When eating on campus, make sure you have plenty of fruits and vegetables. Aramark sources our produce from local vendors. These choices are not only smart, but they will keep you healthy as well by strengthening your immune system and fighting off those winter sniffles. Good food helps the brain and the body. The best precautionary foods to keep you in class and out of the health center are your fruits and vegetables. It is understandable that you cannot always avoid having food that has traveled across far distances, but, when you do, make sure you eat the healthy ones.
Eating local is not the easiest thing to do, especially in New Jersey. However, there are viable options that are very close to Rider, which make eating local more convenient. Remember this winter to eat healthy, try and eat local as much as possible and look out for future tips from the Eco-Reps.

-Steve Schwartz
Lawrenceville Eco-Rep

Printed in the 11/20/13 edition.

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