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  Rich eggplants, juicy figs, crisp green beans, bright pumpkins, and sweet persimmons. The end of summer and beginning of fall is prime season for autumn fruits and veggies that do as much good for your body as they do for your taste buds. As mornings get cooler and the leaves begin to change, you will start seeing fall produce at the farmers’ market. From acorn squash and sweet potatoes to pomegranates, cranberries, and pears, ’tis the season for tasty, ripe produce! And it’s no secret that the best way to eat seasonally is to buy locally. Not only does locally grown food provide the full flavor that only comes from the peak of ripeness, it benefits your health, the environment, and your local economy! Locally grown food takes a shorter trip from the garden to your grocery basket, meaning that there is less time for the nutrient value to decrease. Out-of-season produce that is shipped from another state or country has to be transported around and will sit in a distribution center until it gets to the store, all the while losing nutritional goodness. The more steps in the shipping and distribution process there are, the higher the chances of...

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