Fruits and vegetables at a farmers marketMany campaigns and documentaries are informing the public on the dangers of consuming fast food, instant noodles, and microwave dinners. A survey reported that around three-fourths of the U.S. population still ate diets that are low in fruits, vegetables, healthy oils, and dairy, however. The worrying health trend threatens to continue, but that’s not the only thing it’s hurting.

More than benefiting one’s health, eating healthy foodstuffs also benefits the farmers who grow and take care of them. believes in keeping the best interests of the farmers who put food on the table, as well. You can do the same by practicing the following tips so you can give back to your local, hardworking farmers.

Buy produce that’s locally grown

You can shop at your local farmer’s market for the freshest picks of fruits and vegetables. Or you can ask your grocer where the local produce section is. If they don’t have one, you can suggest that one be added.

Stock up and preserve seasonal food

Cut up vegetables, place them in airtight containers and freeze them to preserve their freshness. You can also pickle vegetables, make jams, or turn them into sauces. If you won’t use them right away, the freezer can hold them for you for months. Do your research on the proper way to preserve food in the freezer.

Try recipes that use the not-so-popular cuts of meat

Farmers don’t only raise rib-eyes or drumsticks. They raise whole cows, pigs, and chicken. Learning how to cook flap meat, chicken skin, or pork skirts helps increase the income of the farmers and puts a tasty new dish on your table.

It takes a huge amount of effort to plow fields, manage irrigation, plant and harvest crops, and take care of livestock. By sticking to these practices, you don’t only maximize locally grown food, but you also help the farmers earn more and keep a constant supply of healthy fruits, vegetable, meat and dairy for everyone to enjoy.