Have you ever noticed that the best Denver restaurants use locally sourced ingredients? Shopping local and supporting locally owned businesses has become very important for a lot of people. This is especially true in Denver where the residents take great pride in our local makers, artisans and businesses. So why do the best Denver restaurants shop local? Here’s just three reasons why they do, and why you should too.
- Locally grown food tastes better. The best Denver restaurants know that local = flavor. Over time sugars turn to starches and plant cells shrink causing produce to lose its taste and vitality. Because local produce hasn’t traveled a great distance it’s fresher and hasn’t lost its flavor.
- Local produce is better for you. Studies have shown that produce loses nutrients over time. Often canned or frozen produce that has been processed immediately after harvest is more nutritious than old produce that has been languishing in trucks for a week. If your produce was grown down the street from you and was picked yesterday, you’re getting more nutrition.
- Supporting local businesses is good for the local economy. When we buy locally sourced products we keep money in our community, where it can provide the most benefit.