Do you buy locally grown food? Do you know where your food is coming from? Do you really know? Take a look at this report by Amy Davis, Investigative Reporter/Consumer Expert for Channel 2 in Houston Texas.
If you are like most people you want to eat healthy safe food and you want to serve your family and friends healthy safe food. There is a way to do that and in a minute I’ll share that method with you.
Depending on where you live and what you eat, up to 100 percent of what you eat is produced far from where you live. There are several problems with that. Locavores.com provides a list of what they believe are the top ten reasons to eat locally. These include freshness, taste, nutrition, purity, and cost to name a few. Some other reasons include supporting your local economy and food security.
Sure the grocery store is convenient, however, that convenience comes at a steep price. So where can you get locally grown food if not the grocery store? The answer is to make your food purchases from local sources. Preferably sources you know and trust. Visit your local farmers markets, get to know the people that grow, raise, and produce the food you eat. Of course, this will require some change. You’ll need to consider what is in season and what grows naturally where you live.
Farmers’ markets are growing in popularity and are in many cities around the country. If you’ve never been to a farmer’s market, you don’t know what you’re missing. These are generally places where groups of farmers gather to sell their farm products directly to consumers. Your local farmers’ markets might be seasonal, but many are year-round.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) are direct-to-consumer operations where you, the consumer, buy a “share” of a local farm’s projected harvest. Generally, you pay for your share of the harvest up front. Sometimes you agree to a monthly pay plan. As a CSA member, you usually pick up your shares weekly from a set location.
Other Direct to Consumer Programs
Another direct-to-consumer option is u-pick-it farms, road side and on-site farm stands and stores that retail locally grown produce.
In Central Arkansas, we have all three of these available to us and seem to have more options every year. From the farmr’s perspective, it is wonderful to have so much interest in our products and so many avenues to get fresh food to the public. From the consumer’s perspective, the more locally grown choices you have, the easier it is to get the farm fresh food you and your family deserve.
Of course, there is another option, and that is to grow your own food. While this may not be an option for everyone, most people can grow a bountiful garden in a very small space. You can read more about how to do that here with the Mittleider Gardening Method.