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Discover the Benefits of Eating Seasonally

At Hickory Valley Retirement in beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee, we believe that enjoying fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce is essential to maintaining a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Summer is the perfect time to explore the bounty of nature and incorporate delicious, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here’s why eating seasonally and locally during the summer months can greatly benefit our residents.

Nutrient-Rich and Flavorful
Seasonal produce is harvested at its peak, ensuring it’s packed with nutrients and full of flavor. When fruits and vegetables are allowed to ripen naturally, they develop a richer taste and retain more vitamins and minerals. Our local farmers deliver produce that’s often picked just a day or two before it reaches your plate, guaranteeing you the freshest, most nutritious options.

Supports Local Farmers and Economy
Choosing local produce supports Chattanooga’s farmers and contributes to the local economy. By purchasing from nearby growers, Hickory Valley Retirement fosters a sense of community and helps sustain the livelihoods of our local farmers. Plus, reducing the distance food travels from farm to table decreases our carbon footprint, promoting a more sustainable lifestyle.

Variety and Culinary Delight
Summer in Tennessee offers an abundance of seasonal produce, from juicy tomatoes and sweet corn to vibrant berries and crisp cucumbers. This variety allows our talented culinary team to create an array of delicious and healthful meals, keeping our residents excited about their dining options. Eating seasonally encourages a diverse diet, ensuring you receive a wide range of essential nutrients.

Better for the Environment
Local and seasonal produce often requires fewer pesticides and preservatives, as it doesn’t need to withstand long transportation times. This means fewer chemicals in your food and a healthier environment overall. By choosing local, we help reduce waste and promote sustainable agricultural practice

Enhanced Community Well-being
At Hickory Valley Retirement, we believe in the power of community. Eating locally and seasonally fosters a closer connection between our residents and the Chattanooga area. Farmers’ markets and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs provide opportunities for social interaction, educational experiences, and a stronger sense of belonging.

    This summer, join us at Hickory Valley Retirement as we celebrate the joys of eating seasonally and locally. Experience the health benefits, savor the flavors, and support our local farmers while enjoying the company of friends and neighbors. Together, we can create a healthier, happier community, one delicious bite at a time.