Eating Locally and Seasonally

Our family really loves to source our food as locally as possible. Since we live in a fairly rural town, that's meant purchasing and producing a large portion of our food right here within our community, which is super-duper great (at least, we think so). It's so important to obtain food as close to home as possible for a variety of reasons, including reduction of carbon footprints, strengthening our communities and benefiting from superior taste, freshness and nutritional value!

Check out my post on Farmer's Markets 101 and Eating Locally for a bit more on this topic. They are a good start if you're new to the idea of sourcing your food from local farmers and businesses.

Have you ever wondered about the specific environmental impact of importing foods, or even transporting them across our own country? The National Resources Defense Council put together this amazing report about just that!  Check it out- they give very relevant information about the number of countries food comes from to fill an average American's plate, and just how much carbon emission comes from having our food shipped from abroad. It's a very short, very thought-provoking article.

Are you thinking that you wouldn't mind finding out about eating locally, but you're not sure what's in season? The NRDC has you covered there too- check out this link for an interactive map which details produce that's in-season in your area. They even have a free app for your iphone!

Would you like to read up on the subject? Check out Mother Earth News and subscribe to their newletter about real food and local eating. They have a plethora of resources available to get beginners going and to offer great tips and tricks for veteran locovores. Chelsea Green Publishing also offers a huge variety of resources for folks looking to learn more about natural living from any angle.

Here are a few efforts we've made to ensure our food supply stays mostly local and always healthful:

We eat organic, natural, local food from a CSA (community supported agriculture program), farmer's market, or local natural grocer
We use a local supplier of natural, grass fed, pastured meat
We buy whole foods in bulk from a local supplier to cut down on costs and to enable us to "cook from scratch"

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