I was recently contacted by one of the awesome writers from foodonthetable.com, James Kim, in regards to eating locally grown food. Food on the Table is a company that provides online budget meal planning services using your local market’s sales. Their goal is to help families eat better and save money. I think this is an amazing company and I’m pleased to say that I’ve signed up! Check out the great tips James had to share in regards to stimulating your local economy and feeding your family local food!
More Ways to Eat Local by James Kim
You already visit farmers’ markets and shop by season, but you feel like you could do more. Get creative about eating local in your meal planning by trying these tips that can take your local eating habits even further.
Grow a Garden
Gardening doesn’t only have to be healthy for the mind and spirit — it can be good for the stomach too! While buying herbs at the grocery store is expensive and wasteful, having a little windowsill herb garden gives you herbs year round while adding color and a wonderful scent to your kitchen. If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious and live in a region with a favorable climate, grab a spade and head to the backyard. Try planting vegetables like lettuce and carrots, or fruits like blackberries or raspberries. Once your little garden gets going, you could have a fresh salad straight from the backyard. Yum!
Join a CSA
If you haven’t already, join a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. Through a CSA you can get a box of fresh-off-the-farm-food for an up front price. If you feel like some of the food will go to waste, split it with a friend or neighbor. The Local Harvest website provides helpful information about how to join a CSA, what you should look for when deciding on a farmer, and tips about the program.
Get an Animal
For all of you carnivores out there, buy an animal. The latest news in the local eating community is that small farms are now starting to sell “animal shares.” The farm raises, processes, and packages the animal and you simply purchase, cook, and enjoy. For more information poke around EatWild.com. You may also consider buying chickens. There is nothing more delicious than a fresh egg straight from your own backyard. Additionally, chickens eat insects, leaving your backyard pest-free. However, make sure that your city doesn’t have limitations on backyard livestock, as some do.
There are always more ways to eat local and help your environment. You may try some of these options if you want to become more involved in eating local or simply experiment with something new.
These are all incredible ways to make a small and green difference not just for your family but for your city!!!
Happy Farming- Tera