This also comes at a fun time as I am enjoying reading the book Plenty, which is about one couple’s year-long hundred-mile eating challenge. It’s not quite as poetic as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but I will say that is a bit more of a real-life experience.
Not to mention the fact that my CSA is booming and my garden is just starting to produce as well. Summer is definitely the best time for eating local in my book. So today I just thought I’d give you a small picture of how my family eats local, and what we hope to improve upon.
CSA: The key to eating local
I love my CSA. I’ve written about them before, and really, belonging to one is my main key to eating local. I pickup my box every other week, and try to meal plan for the the two weeks so that I can make best use of my box.
My farm trades with other local farms to get even more variety into our boxes, which means they in turn help other local farms as well.
Garden, farmer’s markets and friends, oh my!
In addition to my CSA, I also get by with the help of my friends. My garden hasn’t produced much yet, but it’s getting close to exploding, at least in tomatoes and jalapeños (salsa, anyone?), but I’ve already received some squash and melons from a farmer friend who I buy eggs from periodically.
I love getting his golden-yoked, local eggs, but I don’t always make it over to his place regularly. It’s a treat when I do. Gigi especially loves having a green egg when have his eggs on hand.
I’m hoping to get in a groove of hitting up one of the local farmer’s markets on weeks when I don’t pickup my CSA box, mostly to supplement our fruit stash and also just to support more of the local growers.
We don’t live in an area where we have access to local dairy products unfortunately, but the local produce and eggs are definitely doable, and for sure taste better and fresher. When I shop at the stores, I always choose Grown in California over Grown in Chile, when I have the choice.
Final thoughts: why bother?
Donielle shares four great benefits to eating local that wholeheartedly agree with. And here’s one more that as a mom, I add to the list.
My kids are learning where food comes from by my choice to eat local. And as Barbara Kingsolver would say, she is developing an actual food culture in a society that standardly doesn’t have much of one.
Just the other day when one of my kids was acting blah-blah about eating a tomato (which she loves) on her sandwich, when I pointed out that it had actually come from Granny’s garden. Immediately she perked right up at the thought and was happy to add a slice to her lunch. At five, she seems to already value the food that was grown by someone she knows.
I still feel like I’m an amateur in eating local, but it sure feels and tastes good to be doing more and more.
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