Buy Local: Make a Difference One Grape at a Time
By Mikenzi Meyers, Associate Editor
You might want to take a second look when reaching for fresh grapes in your local grocery store, said Kathleen Nave, president of the Fresno-based California Table Grape Commission. She urged buyers to choose California table grapes when grocery shopping.
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission president
“It can be convenient to reach for the nearest bag in the store when turning to grapes for a healthy snack, but what if we told you those grapes could be from places as far as Mexico or Chile? What if we then gave you the option to have some right out of your backyard?” Nave asked.
“If you have the choice, please choose the California grapes, because those are the grapes that are supporting our rural communities here,” she said.
Nave explained that the California Grape Commission is pushing retailers hard to get their grapes up on the shelf, and they need consumers to support them. She said that if the bag says U.S., then it is from California, as California grows 99 percent of the grapes that are commercially produced in the United States.
Nave explained that the best way to make sure you are buying local is by asking.
“Ask your produce manager for U.S. or for California grapes. That’ll make a big difference,” she said.