Looking for ways to eat local without blowing your budget? This is the resource you need!
I’m sharing my tried-and-true tips for transitioning to a locavore mindset without breaking the bank, as well as advice straight from the farmer for getting the best deals and maximizing your purchases.
Locavore. It’s such a buzzword these days for everything from food to fashion, and for the first (and last) time in my life, I’m probably ahead of a trend. If you’re interesting in transitioning your family to a more locally sourced mindset, this is the resource for you!
What’s a Locavore?
A locavore is simply a person who prioritizes purchases from locally sourced makers of all varieties, from farmers and growers to small shop owners and independent retailers. In general, eating “local” means within 150 miles of where you live. Today we’re talking in detail about now to source, cook, and maximize locally sourced produce, dairy, and protein.
Cameron and I have been advocates of the eat local movement for years, and for a variety of reasons:
- Budget. Shopping locally and in season can yield incredible savings, especially when it comes to pricier produce like fresh berries, peaches, and bell peppers.
- Health. Pastured animals and seasonal produce are more nutrient dense than their conventional counterparts.
- Taste. Local food at it’s peak just tastes better. It hasn’t travelled 1,000 miles and ripened during transit. Sourcing local has also allowed us to experiment with produce varietals we could never source from a conventional grocery store.
- Sustainability. Buying from local farmers reduces our overall carbon footprint, and many small diversified farmers are trailblazers when it comes to sustainable growing practices.
- Local Economy. As small business owners, it just makes good sense to support other local small businesses and entrepreneurs. We love knowing that our purchases will directly benefit the farmers and families we purchase from.
Simply “eating local” was a daunting task when we started, and we blew the budget more than once. But we picked ourselves up by our (broke) bootstraps and forged ahead to find the right balance between local, sustainable, and affordable. Today I’m sharing our top tips to help you get started on your eat local journey without making the same mistakes!
I also had a chat with one of our favorite farmers, MK of Open Book Farm, and she was kind enough to share her best advice from a grower’s perspective. Just like there’s no better source for pastured eggs than directly from the farmer’s coop, there’s no better resource for local eating tips than directly from the farmer herself!…