Not happy with the produce at the general grocery stores? Wanting something thats LOCAL or FRESH?? Well, we have you covered!
At Ritters we put an emphasis on finding local produce for Moberly, MO and the surrounding areas. If we can't find it locally or if there are items that aren't in season, we work hard to find produce thats fresh. For some of our items like peaches, watermelon and cantaloupe, two days is all we need before its in our store for you to pick up!! No more ripening up on the truck, it's picked ready for you to eat.
The following gives you an idea of what we are able to get locally and what items we are able to get in fresh. Some local items are very seasonal while others are items we will have for the majority of our season, ranging from Mid-March to Late-October.
** BOLD items are currently available at our retail location in Moberly, MO. For location details, you can click Here. **
WHY EAT LOCAL OR FRESH?
Fruits and vegetables lose their optimal nutritional value as soon as they are picked. When picked, vitamins such as C, E, A, and some B vitamins begin to deteriorate and in return decreasing. Other factors such as the exposure to air, artificial lights, and temperature changes can also contribute to the decrease in nutritional value. Hence, the longer the food sits the more it decreases in nutritional value. Now, just because some produce sits a week or two before being consumed doesn't mean that it's not providing you any nutrients, it just won't be as rich in nutrients compared to those freshly picked. Another benefit to buying locally grown is that you are getting produce at its peak state. Local growers can allow their fruits and vegetables to ripen longer or even fully ripen, which also adds to its nutrition and quite often can affect the overall taste and satisfaction for you, the consumer.
Unfortunately, not ALL of our produce is local or fresh (2 days or less from being picked), but we strive to carry as much as possible that is. Our produce availability is constantly changing, so if you're curious or unsure on if something is available or if it is local/fresh, give us a call at 573-489-4792 or ask us in the store! We will be happy to help you and inform you on where we are currently getting all of our produce.