This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With summer around the corner, it’s an opportunity to reflect on your social ties. Are you ready to expand your network in the coming months? Engage more with your community? Spend time cultivating your current relationships? Social wellness is an important piece of your overall health. After all, building strong connections is shown to reduce stress and enhance your immune system.
Building strong connections with your local farmers
When it comes to building strong connections, one of the ways you can do that is with your local farmers. If you’ve ever wondered where your food comes from (beyond your Instacart order), you’re half-way there. However, most of us do our grocery shopping and don’t think twice about where our food comes from. But it all originates somewhere. Blueberries from the Pacific Northwest, bananas from India, coffee from Latin America, etc. And for the most part, consuming food that is grown all over the world is a privilege. In fact, it’s one of the most impressive byproducts of our globalizing world. Food has never been more widely accessible.
That said, global options come with a cost. As technology advances and demand increases, we are seeing a rise in GMOs, pesticides, soil erosion, and more. More than ever, it’s important to get curious about where your food comes from and how it’s grown. After all, to be a conscious consumer is to be a steward of the environment.
knowing where your food comes from
Earlier this year, I wrote about why you should eat with the seasons. In turn, I provided a glimpse into the value of choosing locally-grown food. Ultimately, choosing local means connecting with the people who grow the ingredients in your shopping cart. And knowing your farmer is all about building relationships. From a social wellness perspective, this is key. After all, research shows that strong social ties are linked to a longer, healthier life. These community ties also have other added benefits: a robust economy and overall wellbeing of its members.
Knowing where your food comes from bridges the line between farm and table. Having this connection not only encourages a healthy relationship with food, but it also fosters informed decision-making. In other words, you can make more informed decisions to maximize quality and freshness. When you know your farmer (or know where your food is grown), it’s an opportunity to support your immediate community. All around, it’s a win-win.
To read the rest of my post — including five simple ways to support your local farmers — hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.