Benefits of Eating Locally

In today’s economy, grocery shopping can be a daunting task. In the fitness realm, we make it a priority to eat well as often as we can. 

A lot of times, I hear that buying “organic” or “good” foods is too expensive and therefore, people opt for the cheap foods that aren’t the greatest choices.

So, I took it upon myself to visit my local market place and do a price and produce comparison– here’s what I found:

  • 6.60oz of raspberries for $3.70. In terms of freshness and taste, I have to give it a 10/10. They were some of the best raspberries I’ve ever had!
  • 1 cucumber ran me 75¢. In a chain supermarket, you’re looking at $1.99 for one seedless cucumber, and up to $3.99 for organic cucumbers! YIKES.
  • .5oz of 90% lean ground beef cost me $3.25 making the price per pound about $6.25. At Weis Markets, you’re looking at about $6.49 per pound of beef.
  • Squash, zucchini and bell peppers were priced at 95¢ each. At Weis, squash is priced at 99¢ each, but individual bell peppers are marked at $3.75!

There’s a list of pros and cons that come with shopping at a local market. While you do end up saving a little bit of money, the market I went to is only open once a week. Most vendors are also cash only so I ended up having to hit the ATM and unfortunately got hit with a surcharge. The quality of the food, however, is unbeatable. There really is nothing quite like homegrown fruits and vegetables. If you’re interested in hitting local markets next time you need to restock your fridge, try some of these locations in the York area:

  • Central Market: 34 W Philadelphia St. York, PA
  • Brown’s Orchards and Farm Markets: 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville, PA.
  • Godfrey Bros. Meats, Inc.: 7137 Susquehanna Trail South, York, PA

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Rachel Palepale

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Rachel Palepale has been part of the First Capital Gym team since November 2021. She has been coaching since August 2021. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing.