A farm worker harvests white cabbage at a field in Germany. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. (AP/Frank Augstein)

A farm worker harvests white cabbage at a field in Germany. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. (AP/Frank Augstein)

Shoppers look at fresh produce at a farmers market in Concord, New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Shoppers look at fresh produce at a farmers market in Concord, New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Kevin McNew, left, and Chris Davis load produce into a truck at the Appalachian Harvest facility in Duffield, Virginia. (AP/Wade Payne)

Kevin McNew, left, and Chris Davis load produce into a truck at the Appalachian Harvest facility in Duffield, Virginia. (AP/Wade Payne)

This black lentil and butternut squash dish is packed with nutrients, including vitamin A and iron. (AP)

This black lentil and butternut squash dish is packed with nutrients, including vitamin A and iron. (AP)

Frank Betti arranges parsnips at his produce stand in South Amherst, Ohio. (AP/Mark Duncan)

Frank Betti arranges parsnips at his produce stand in South Amherst, Ohio. (AP/Mark Duncan)

Stretching the Seasons

Posted: March 1, 2021

Fruits and veggies are good for you. If you don’t know that by now, you’ve been living under a rock!

But why are they good for you? Scientists learned long ago that they contain vitamins and minerals required by the human body. Need strong eyes and skin? Eat apricots, sweet potatoes, and cabbage—foods packed with vitamin A. Need to fight off sickness or for a cut to heal? Grab a plate of vitamin-C-rich foods such as peppers, oranges, and tomatoes. Want a strong brain and healthy blood? Get yourself a bowl of iron-heavy beans, lentils, and spinach.

People have known about vitamins for a little over 100 years. But fresh food has been keeping people healthy since the Garden of Eden! Might foods contain even more health-supporting substances we haven’t discovered yet? You bet. God is a perfect provider. Curious people have spent centuries studying the plants He gave us for life—and they’re still learning the countless ways He cares for humans through food.

God designed people to enjoy fresh, local food throughout the seasons. Did you know produce has extra nutrition when it’s grown nearby? Here’s why. Fresh-picked fruits and veggies taste the best. But if that food has to travel from the other side of the country—or world—harvesters have to pick it early and then let it get ripe on the way. Sometimes that means ripening in a cardboard box. The fruit doesn’t get to keep drawing nutrients from the soil and the Sun as it gets ready for you to eat it. Produce needs to suck up maximum sunlight to develop the most nutrition.

Sometimes farmers spray produce with chemicals to keep it from getting ripe too fast. While scientists say those chemicals are safe, other question the long-term effect of letting them build up in the human body. If you can choose natural, wouldn’t you?

Plus—to everything there is a season. If you eat what’s ripe throughout the year, you’ll get every kind of nutrient your body needs. But at AppHarvest’s indoor farm, the tomato season stretches out . . . without sacrificing ripeness. Best of both worlds!