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Flavorful Fridays: Eat Local

September 18, 2009

Did you know that September is Eat Local Month? I don’t consider myself overly concerned about being “green” and environmental, but I do think it’s wise to know where your food comes from before you shove it into your mouth. Since most of us don’t have acres of land ready to be cultivated into our own personal produce stand, we have to be a little more creative about how we procure food.

Here are some tips for eating locally:

1. Most grocery stores, like Whole Foods, now post where the produce originates from, whether it states “California” in general or lists “Oxnard, CA” specifically depends, but at least this is a good place to start.

2. Most cities have a weekly farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets are a great place to find fresh, locally grown products. And the characters you will find selling fruits, vegetables, and dairy products are some of the most interesting and lovable that you will ever meet. At the farmers’ market near my parents’ home, the corn man is the loudest seller at the market. He boasts the “sweetest corn, even sweeter than [his] mother-in-law!”

3. In California, we tend to be relatively close to farmland, which means that we not only have great access to farmers’ markets, but we also have access to Pick-Your-Own-Farms. I love farms where I can pick my own fruits and vegetables. There is something so satisfying about picking your own produce before eating it. Growing up, we would pick berries for jam and pies every June. These memories of picking berries with my family are some of my favorite and most treasured memories. We’d pick hundreds of pounds of berries (OK, it was really less than half of this), joking that they should weigh my siblings and I as well because of all the berries we ate along the way. If you’ve never done this before, you must try it…even if you only pick a couple pounds to eat that week. In case you don’t know where you can find a pick-your-own farm, check out Pickyourown.org.

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4. Another way to eat locally grown food, is to grow it yourself! I realize that space is a big issue for many people, including myself. But grow what you can. You can grow herbs or tomatoes on a patio or balcony ledge. Growing produce yourself allows you more freedom over what goes into your produce. You know there are no pesticides being sprayed over your fruits and veggies.

If you have any other great ideas about how to eat locally, please share a comment. I would love to hear your creative ways for buying and eating locally grown food!

And speaking of buying, growing, and eating locally grown food, we have a winner from my Garden Update challenge!

There were some great guesses about the herbs growing in my garden, however, there was only one correct answer. Congratulations, Jess! You identified the herbs correctly: basil, thyme, oregano, and sage. Your prize–seed packets of basil and oregano for your own herb garden–will be on its way shortly.

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From left to right: thyme, oregano, basil, sage, and more thyme

Check in next week for another challenge!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2009 12:01 pm

    Yay! Thank you Liana! I’m very excited to grow some basil and oregano! 🙂

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