By Vanessa Richins
As gas prices soar, raising the cost of food along the way, a new breed of enthusiasts has been born.
Dubbed ‘localvores,” these people strive to only eat food that has been grown or produced locally.
Where can you get local food?
Obviously, the first place you could try is your own backyard or patio. If you have the space, this is the absolute best way! You know exactly how your produce was grown.
If you don’t have the space, try your local farmers’ markets and stands. You could also try a CSA – a Community Supported Agriculture organization.
I belong to a food co-op. Once a month, I place an order for shares of food. For example, I can pay $23 and get 4 different kinds of meat, 3 kinds of fruits, 5 kinds of vegetables, a side such as 1 lb. of rice, and a wonderful fresh-baked artisan wheat loaf of bread (my favorite!) They try to get as much as possible from local sources. I love it. This month I am even getting a farmers’ market share – 6 kinds of vegetables and herbs for planting.
Why should you become a localvore? :
-Less pollution (shorter transport distances)
-Benefits the local economy (you help people in your own community)
-More variety (most mainstream produce items are bred with a focus on shipping durability. When you don’t have to ship far, you can focus on flavor)
-Healthier (less preservatives are needed and nutrients retained when you don’t have to ship)
What other reasons do you see for becoming a localvore?