Though Michael Wiles is a man who is dedicated to his craft as an actor, musical and casting director and vocal coach, he also has a love for cooking. After he moved to San Francisco from Helena Montana in 1999, he began to truly appreciate the warm climate and the length of the growing seasons for fresh, local produce.
Local produce is extremely important for many reasons. First, as a cook, when ingredients are fresh and in season, they have a much richer and delicious taste than if they are out of season or shipped from far away. Most produce that is shipped long distances is picked before its prime so that it can survive the journey, and will arrive lackluster at its destination thousands of miles away.
From an economy stand point, when you buy local produce you support your local economy. Food from big box stores are bought from large farms who may not always pay their workers fairly. Go local and you know who you are giving your money to. You may pay more, but your fresh, tasty food will be worth more.
Buying local is better for the environment too. The amount of fuel used to ship produce from other countries is absurd, and continues to have a devastating effect on the environment. Food miles are a huge concern for the environment, and by buying local you greatly reduce the fuel spent to get you your food.
Michael Wiles is a huge fan of the wide variety of local produce in San Francisco. He is often found at the farmers market, picking up the ingredients for his next home-cooked meal.