How to Eat Local
July 14, 2011
Here’s a fun guest post on eating local food from James Kim, from foodonthetable.com. Enjoy!
You hear the benefits of eating local preached on television, in the news, and in your
supermarket. Eating local can minimize air pollution while strengthening the local
economy. So how can you start eating local in your meal planning? Follow these easy
tips to become a “locavore” (and have fun doing it).
Know Your Seasons
Sure, you could probably buy watermelon in December in our super-globalized
economy. But this kind of out-of-season buying tacks on miles to food’s travel time,
thereby maximizing air pollution. No good for the environment! Do what you can to eat
seasonally to limit you food’s carbon footprint. Smart Living provides a search engine
which lists off the seasonal foods for each state.
Need help remembering your seasonal produce? Make rituals. If you bake a peach crisp
every summer, you will associate this fruit with its season. Easy as that!
It’s always fun to visit farmers’ markets. The people watching, the rows of food, the
sense of community — it’s a great way to spend the afternoon. Of course, the best
part about visiting a farmers’ market is meeting the people who have spent their days
nurturing and growing your food. Find a farmers’ market near you by visiting the USDA
website, which contains a farmers’ market search engine.
Take a Field Trip
Remember the good ol’ days of field trips? Relive them by taking a field trip to a nearby
farm. Here, you can learn about your local foods straight from the source. Find a local
farm in your area on the Eat Wild website.
There are tons of others ways to put your local diet into action. For example, visit a u-
pick farm. In these farms, you can pick you local food straight off the land and pay for
what you’ve picked when your done. Try the Pick Your Own website to find a u-pick
farm near you.
Eating local doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s a great way to get closer to your community,
eat fresher food, and educate yourself!
James Kim is a writer for foodonthetable.com. Food on the Table is a company
that provides online budget meal planning services. Their goal is to help families
eat better and save money.