Save the Planet and Your Stomach: Eat Local!

by zesty on June 27, 2011 · 1 comment

Hi All, As you may remember I am traveling this week to Virginia for work and have gathered up a pretty cool guest post from James Kim. James writes for Food on the Table.com and has a post that definitely hits close to home. No matter where you live whether US or Canada, Europe, Middle East or Asia – eating close to home is a good thing.

James provides some pretty good tips on how to achieve this and really put things into perspective on where your food comes from.

A regional diet can help the environment by minimizing oil consumption as well as help the local economy by supporting local business. Bring fresher food to your table by integrating local food into your meal planning. You can easily cash in to the “100 mile diet” by following these simple tips.

Take a Field Trip

Take your family or a date to visit a farm in your area. You can buy local food while becoming educated on where your food is coming from. Find local farms in your area on the Eat Wild website. U-Pick farms are another great way to explore the world of local food. Pass a day in an orchard picking peaches and pay for the peaches when you are done. Try the Pick Your Own website to find a U-Pick farm near you.

Find Out What’s in Season

While the global market gives us access to almost any food at any time, buying foods in season cuts miles out of your food’s travel. Smart Living has a search engine which allows you to figure the seasonal food for each state.

Farmers’ Markets

The most common way to eat local? Go to a farmers’ market. Here, you can buy your food straight from the person who harvested it. You can find these markets by visiting the USDA website, which has a farmers’ market search engine.  You can also see the Farmers Market Canada website and get a taste of the markets in your area.

Locally-Owned Food Producers

Let’s face it, while it’s expensive, a loaf of bread from the local bakery tastes so much better than the store-bought loaves. Support local foods by buying from artisans like butchers and bakers.

Go Local at Home

Start small and work your way up. Grow herbs on the windowsill, then plant some veggies in the backyard, and maybe you can even work your way up to a chicken coop. While this is a lot of work, it is the least expensive and most fun way to go local. With your extra produce, you can sell to friends or neighbors.

Preserve

Avoid wasting your food by freezing, drying, canning, and pickling. This allows you to keep your local food for as long as possible. Eat Local provides a list of websites that can help you educate yourself on preservation methods.

Get involved with your community, minimize food waste, and put fresher, nutrient rich food into your body by eating local. Follow these easy tips and you’ll be a full participant in the 100 mile diet society in no time.

James Kim is a writer for foodonthetable.com. Food on the Table is a company that provides online budget meal planning services. Their goal is to help families eat better and save money.
Thanks James!  I will see you all back here on Wednesday for some more food and fun.  have a great Monday and enjoy the weather.

Take care

zesty

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1 Boulder Locavore

‘Amen’. With this being the focus of my culinary life I love that you are highlighting this especially during summer which is one of the easiest seasons to exploit local options for eating local and setting the stage for carrying that into the non-growing season. Thank you!

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