Eat Local

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Eat Local

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Just for fun, when you sit down to eat your next meal, think about how far your food has traveled to make it to your table. Remember that each mile your food travels puts carbon dioxide into the air.

Add to that the health benefits of staying away from processed foods and making the decision to eat local foods looks better all the time.

Shop At Your Local Farmer's Market

Shop At Your Local Farmer's Market

Let's Look At Some Ways To Eat Close by:

Find a farmers market close to your home. Most of the food that you will purchase at a farmers market has been picked within 24 hours - you can't get it much fresher than that! You may be surprised at what you'll find at the local farmers market these days, it's not just fruit and vegetables any more. You may be able to pick up meat and all kinds of other treats.

To find farmers markets in any state, visit this Farmer's Market site. When you visit the farmers market, buy extra and experiment with canning or freezing different items. It's fun and you can save produce for months when it's out of season.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Grow Your Own Vegetables

If you have space, grow your own vegetable garden. You'd be surprised at how small of a space you need to start your garden. This is one of those things that is good for you and it's something that the whole family can get involved in. Besides that, you can't really get more local than your own backyard!

Want to learn how to plan, plant, care for and irrigate your own Organic Garden? Visit our Green Gardening page and you will learn how to do this and much more. Make yourself a little "green" in the process.

Find A Local Butcher Shop

Ask Your Grocer To Handle Local Meat

Ask your grocer if they carry any local produce or meat. If they don't, encourage them to start. Making the choice to eat local foods is much easier if you can purchase them at your local grocery store.

Buy Your Meat Locally

Buy Your Meat Locally

Buy Your Meat Locally

Buy your meat from a local butcher, if possible. Many areas have 4-H clubs that auction portions or entire animals. They will typically handle the meat processing  so all you have to do is pick up the finished product.

When you purchase meat locally, you will have the advantage of getting it fresh and knowing exactly where it came from. If you buy in bulk, you can save a considerable amount of money.

When you eat at a restaurant, ask the manager or chef if they purchase any local foods. Encourage them to do so.

See if their is a co-op in your area. You have to become a member of a co-op, but the point is to provide all members with local, healthy food. You can find co-ops in your state by clicking HERE.

Community Support Agriculture (CSA)

Eat Local -Community Support Agriculture (CSA)

Search For Community Supported Agriculture

Learn about community supported agriculture (CSA). CSA is becoming more popular and can be found in many major cities. The entire point of a CSA is to connect local farmers and consumers. Members purchase a share of a farmers crop before it's planted.

Depending on what's available in your area, you can possibly get items like meat, eggs, and milk. Farmers typically deliver food to designated drop off points each week during the season.

This is a great way to support your local farmers. When they sell their crops before they are planted, they don't have to be as reliant on banks for loans. It helps to promote a sense of community and keeps farmers in business, thus promoting land that is left undeveloped. To see if there is a CSA near you, click HERE.

Support Your Local Farmers

Support Your Local Farmers

Choosing to eat local is a great way to become more eco friendly, while also promoting the health of your family and supporting your local community. While it may not be practical to get all of your food locally, any small changes you make play a part in making a huge difference.

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