Not So Fast…I bet many of you already buy local, regularly. For you, a choose your own adventure “upgrade” challenge:
- Learn the name of someone you buy from at the Farmer’s Market
- Choose a vegetable you’ve never cooked with before and ask the grower for a recommendation on how to prepare it
- Share your source for local food with someone who doesn’t shop at the Farmer’s Market
How am I Going to Shop Local?If you read KS very much, you probably have guessed that a great big chunk of my food budget already stays very local: milk, eggs, some cheese, maple syrup, honey, almost all meat, and this time of year, almost all produce comes from local farmers. I try to shop at my local health foods store when possible, but I do make some online and bulk orders. My goal is to spend more of my dollars locally (that I wouldn’t usually) on things like:
- Local Restaurants I love patronizing small business and know the importance of keeping our dollars right in town.
- Move amy cheese purchases to local cheese only
- Focus on local breweries for “fun” beer purchases
- Choose small, family-owned businesses over big box stores when I can find an alternative
Need More Baby Steps?
Here at Kitchen Stewardship, we’ve always been all about the baby steps. But if you’re just starting your real food and natural living journey, sifting through all that we’ve shared here over the years can be totally overwhelming.
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