Eating Local 101: What you Need to Know


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If you read my initial blog post, you know that I am very into eating local and supporting local farms. For me, this is the most important aspect of my life that involves the environment. Some peoeple put emphasis on recycling, others on eating only organic or no meats. I truly believe that eating local foods is what will help us "save the world".  For a lot of people, taking that step towards eating local is a difficult one. It's so easy to just go to the supermarket and pick up a container of Tyson chicken breasts. However, in this post I will show you how eating local isn't as hard ad you think!

Look up Local Farmers Markets

The best website out there for locating farms near you is called Local Harvest. Here, you can look up anything from farmers markets, meat processors, grocery stores, restaurants, and actual farms near you. It is the easiest process ever! From here, you will be able to find whatever you are looking for. I find that this website is best used for finding farmers markets and farms. If you are skeptical about finding farmers markets near you, don't fret, I can assure you, there will be at least five within a 10-15 mile radius of you! With just this website alone, you can take care of all of the produce you need, as well as some meat (with the meat processors option) and sometimes even dairy.

What you Tend to not Find at a Farmers Market

Okay, so you have all of your produce and some meats and dairy taken care of. Now it's time to talk about what you (typically) cannot find at a farmers markey, which is everything besides those. For example, pasta, granola bars, cereal, juice, etc. What I reccommend for finding the most local and sustainable products is as follows...

1. Look up "natural food stores" near your location: you will most of the time be pleasantly surprised to find that there is one near you!

2. Whole Foods

3. Trader Joes

4. Fresh Market

Typically, all four of these vendors will carry a much larger variety of local (and organic) foods than your normal grocery store. A lot of times, they will be specials or they will be in a different spot than you would normally find them, with a note written next you it saying where it is from near you!

A list of Organic Products that I Enjoy

These brands use small, fair-trade farms and farmers for creating their products

  • Applegate Farms (meat, usually frozen)
  • Amy's Kitchen (frozen meals)
  • Earthbound Farm (mostly fruits & veggies)
  • Simply Organic (grains, sauces, dressings, beans)
  • Organic Valley (milk, eggs, butter, cheese)

Finally, I want to leave you with one last thing that I have found very helpful. Yale did a Sustainable Food Purchasing Guide that goes over everything you need to know about finding reliable sources of local and sustainable food. It's an AWESOME guide for beginners in the sustainable food world. I hope this article was helpful and that it convinced at least some of you to try to start eating local, sustainable and organic!

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Organic foods really will change the way you eat and feel about yourself. Eating organic meats is definitely worth it in the long run, even if it is more expensive! This article, http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-things-you-didnt-know-about-organic-food/#slideshow=slide9 , states that avoiding the pesticides and antibiotics in meat could potentially be the best thing you can do for your body. So in all, I totally agree with the fact that going organic is the best thing you can do for your body and the environment!

I love this blog because this past summer I worked for the Farm Kings, and our motto was "locavores" because our diet was from all local farms etc. Check out their website for more benefits to eating local. freedomfarmspa.com

This is a cool blog subject, I never thought about saving the world the way you're saying but i definitely see where you're going. I'm a firm believer that the little things in life actually make the biggest differences in the end. For example, I need really soft sheets to feel comfortable when I sleep, or else it takes me a while to fall asleep, my mom doesn't understand my madness. The way I look at it is by me having soft sheets, I can fall asleep earlier, making me get a longer night sleep, in the end it helps me have a more productive day when I wake up fully refreshed. Even though I am not a fan of the whole natural food phenomenon this is a really interesting way to get someone into it. Well done.

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