Monday, October 7, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 7

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along,  you can find all of my posts here.

This past week I have been talking a lot about local food.  What local food is, some encouraging books to keep us motivated on that journey.  But, where do you find local food

Back when we started our local food journey, I had no clue where to look for local food.  We did not have a farmers’ market at that time, and the co-op was not in existence.  Sure, I knew that the local grocery store would carry local apples, and some local produce in the height of summer, but for the most part, if we did not grow it, I did not know where to find it.

That was the first step though, to know what I could grow myself.  Now, I know that I don’t have a huge amount of space, but I am still able to accomplish a lot in my small space.  This past summer we ate out of our garden every day.  I planted a lot of lettuce, and although my friend the woodchuck decided to have a bit of a snack one day, for the most part we were able to get a salad every day from the garden.  I also was able to grow pie pumpkins and some winter squash varieties.  And of course the tomatoes that are very dear to me.  But, what if you don’t have a big garden?  Or maybe you do but still need to find sources for other foods?

That is when I found this great resource online called Local Harvest .  You go onto this website, plug in your location, and you get an entire list of resources available to you.  It can be CSA’s, farmers’ market, co-ops.  It really is an amazing little tool.  When I first started looking, I realized that within 20 miles of my house I could find just about all I could think of food wise.  The most important thing it connected me to, however, was my CSA farms.

Another place to find local food?  Foraging.  This is not something I have done much of, mainly because I do not have a lot of knowledge into what is safe and what is not.  But, there is a family semi close by whom have spent a lot of time foraging for what is around them, and I think it is a great idea.  They are actually writing a book about foraging right now and it is something I am looking forward to reading.

Have you had trouble finding local food in your area?  Do you have other suggestions on where to find local food?

1 comment:

  1. I love Local Harvest, that's where I started! I also talked to the coop, Farmers Market coordinators and went directly to the source....the farms. Love this series, thank you!


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