{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?

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