Harvest time

Farm to table

Picture this: It’s the height of summer and the produce is ripening and abundant… and local! It’s an ideal time to celebrate harvest time and its positive impact on the environment. When our food goes straight from the farm to our table, whether at home or when dining out, we’re not only enjoying the freshest fruits and vegetables, we’re doing good by the planet.

Sourcing produce from local, sustainable farms, which have minimal impact on the environment (while maximizing yield) is preferable to relying on industrial agriculture which contributes heavily to greenhouse gasses, water pollution and soil depletion while consuming fossil fuel and water. Consider that the average meal travels almost 750 miles from farm to plate, while eating that which is in season and grown locally eliminates the need for shipping out-of-season produce. Reduction in the associated fuel consumption and emissions for transport, and the food processing and refrigeration to prevent spoilage, are further benefits of the farm to table habit.

Alpine Bank places a high priority on the environment. Read more about our commitment here.

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Pete Yang

Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.

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