There are many ways to eat local. Many don’t give it much thought. They simply eat what is available, not giving their food origin much thought. For me, it was always just what we did. We ate local.
I grew up on a farm. We grew our own vegetables in two LARGE gardens that we kids usually had to weed (UGH!). We also had a large orchard with apples, cherries, pears and plum trees. And then there were the animals – chickens, ducks, geese (don’t turn your back on the geese!), pigs and a couple beef cattle. Short of dairy products, baking items and seasonings, practically everything we ate came from our farm.
Funny but back then that’s just the way it was. We didn’t think of it as “eating local”, we didn’t call ourselves “locavores”; it was just the way we lived.
I do have friends though who didn’t grow up that way and for all of you…
12 Effortless Approaches to Eat Local and Exceedingly Well 🙂
- Know what is in season in your area and plan your meals accordingly. In our house we only eat asparagus when I can get it fresh from our local market. Yes, we miss it during the rest of the year but when it comes back into season it is like opening a long awaited present.
- Shop at Farmers’ Markets. Talk to the vendors, find out where they are from (not all vendors are from your local region) and buy your produce from them.
- Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. These groups join farmers together and you get to purchase a portion of their harvest.
- Shop at stores that post food origins. This will help you to determine if the fruit in your card is from your state or from another country.
- Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store. Many times these smaller areas feature locally produced products.
- Plant a garden. For me, nothing is better than being able to enjoy the herbs, fruit or veggies from our own little plot of land.
- Can, freeze or dehydrate extra fruit, vegetables and herbs. A great way to enjoy them out of season.
- Stop at road side stands or pick-your-own farms. In our region, sweet corn stands are very popular and every town seems to have an orchard where families can pick their own apples.
- Dining at a farm-to-table restaurant is a fantastic way to eat local. Some establishments get their produce direct from local farmers, others have their own little garden out back.
- Eat local by supporting locally owned food producers. Shop at local bakeries or coffee shops that brew their own blends.
- Buy family farmed products. Get your dairy products from a company that gets their milk from family farms.
- Cook at home. No meal is more local than the one you make yourself.
When you shop local, you find many tasty treats to bring home.
And if you are like me, you’ll probably buy more than you can eat right away. If cooking at home isn’t your jam, no worries. You can find lots of easy recipes here. And if you still need help, you can sign up for my weekly Cooking Basics how-to tips – one every week for a full year!
Did you find these 12 tip helpful for eating more local? I’d love to hear what you do to eat local! You can leave you comments and thoughts in the section below.
Enjoy and Be Healthy!