Frugal Foodie Mama: Summer Blog Challenge, Day 29- "How To" Become a Better Locavore

Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Blog Challenge, Day 29- "How To" Become a Better Locavore

Today's blog challenge is to write a how-to post.  For today's post I thought I would share with you my five simple steps on how to become more of a locavore.  In our quest to feed our families healthier food, to be kinder to the environment, and to support our communities, more of us are striving to buy and eat local more often.  But it is not always easy. 
Trying to become a locavore may seem daunting, but here are five easy steps that you can take now towards becoming one:


1.  This is probably the easiest and the most obvious, but shop your local farmers markets!  Not only are you buying local, but you can also talk directly to the farmers, producers, and artisans of what you are purchasing right there and then.  You can ask them about their growing methods, how they make their delicious jams, and where they raise their honeybees.  And often times, vendors are more than happy to let you have a taste of what they have on hand, so you can try it before you buy it. ;)
2.  Start small.  After visiting the farmers market, go through your fridge and pantry and choose two to five items you can start buying local immediately.  Local eggs and honey are a great place to start.  My family and I try to buy at least one local meat every week at the farmers market.  One week we bought flank steak.  Last week we bought ground beef. This coming week we are going to try chicken.  Replace your dried herbs with herb plants.  


3.  Start a garden of your own.  You really can't get more local than your own backyard, and you do not have to have a lot of land to start one.  Many vegetables do well in containers on patios.  If you have a smaller backyard like we do, try a small raised garden bed.  We planted a 3x3 foot bed this summer and are growing heirloom tomatoes, poblanos, and jalapenos.  Take it one step further and buy your vegetable plants at the farmers market or a local greenhouse instead of the big chain stores.
4.  And continuing on that thought, forgo the big chain stores and restaurants for smaller, locally owned businesses.  Choose to spend your money at one of these businesses at least two to three times a month.  Buying local means that your money is going right back into the local economy and the community.


5.  Visit a local farm.  I find that you are more apt to buy local (even if it means spending a little more) if you have seen where the food is actually coming from.  Most farmers and vendors welcome visitors and give tours.  I would actually be a little leery of a farmer who wouldn't want their patrons to come check out their facilities.  And bring the kids!  Children loves animals and getting dirty.  And bonus?  You will be lighting the spark in a future generation of locavores! :)



8 comments :

  1. I like your "grow your own Garden" part. You might want to add planting by seed as well. YOu get MORE bang for your buck. YOu can also share the seeds with a friend if you can't use them all up by the expiration date.
    I love eating local as well. We have some great restaurants in the area that specialize in growing their own foods- meats, veggies, dairy. It really is awesome.

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  2. We LOVE our local farmer's market! Thanks for the list. You've inspired me to expand my locavore habits...

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  3. Great post! I wish more restaurants bought local produce. We usually buy our produce every other week from the market, it's so much more yummy than the store.
    CJR @ The Mami Blog

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  4. What a great post! I wish I had the space for my own garden. Luckily I have a great farmer's market and a great CSA program in my neighborhood.

    Thanks for sharing with the Fresh Foods Blog Hop!

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  5. Great tips on how to get started! Lots of small restaurants have started sourcing local foods, so it's a double bonus to eat at those places.

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  6. I love this post! It really is daunting to start eating locally if you don't know where to start. This is an excellent guide. Baby steps, is the key. And farmer's markets sure make that easy!

    It's important to note I think though: local doesn't necessarily mean ethical. You may be eating locally but the meat you're eating could be raised in battery cages; (il)legal migrant workers could be being abused; chemicals could still be sprayed. It's really important to talk to the farmer and find out exactly how the food is being produced. By eating locally we reduce the chances of this stuff happening but it's important to ask: "is it small scale?" "organic?" "are the animals pastured" and "how are the workers treated?".

    Thanks for sharing with Fresh Foods Wednesday! I hope you have something for us again this week :)

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  7. i just wanted to let you know - i've selected your post to be featured this week on the Fresh Foods Blog Hop! I'll provide a link to your blog as well as tweet, facebook, and tweet the crap outta your post ;)

    You can see it when the post goes live at 8:45pm PST.

    Thanks again for linking up!

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