Eating local is the idea that food requiring less transportation leaves less of a carbon footprint, and it is also good for the local economy. Bath recommends the most local food of all - a home garden! Why grow your own food? 1. It tastes better, seriously. Many foods start to lose flavor as soon as they're picked. Most produce is picked at an immature stage to allow for easier shipping, so vegetables or fruits haven't reached their full flavor potential. 2. It's better for you. Just as the flavor increases on the vine, so does the nutritional value. Almost without fail, produce that is fresher has more vitamins and minerals that produce that is picked green. 3. You save money. You might not see it right away due to the start up cost of a garden, but if you do your research and start your garden off right, you can greatly supplement your grocery costs. Canning, freezing and pickling can take you through the winter months. 4. You get more variety. Even the best grocery stores are limited to what is easy to grow and ship. The variety of seeds available for the home garden is impressive and allows you to try foods you never knew existed.