Seattle, Washington (FOX) According to the US Department of Agriculture, the number of farmers markets has increased by 54% over a three year period.
And sections just for local food are sprouting up in big–box stores and supermarkets..
Consumer reports says going local can help sustain a healthy diet.
"Well one thing that's known for sure is that the fresher a fruit or vegetable is like the closer to when it was actually picked the more nutriance it has. With every day of storage or transportation and before it actually gets to your table it is losing some of its vitamins, its minerals, its chemicals and those start to degrade," says Jamie Hirsh, Consumer Reports on Health.
Jamie also suggests to eat a "rainbow" of produce. She says different colors and textures will maximize the number of potentially beneficial nutrients.