Eating Locally Grown Food
In addition to enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor, I've been following with interest the idea of eating all locally grown foods. Certainly the food we grow in our garden is a start, but some people are taking it further by participating in the Eat Local Challenge that's going on this month. Take a look at Life Begins at 30, which lists 10 Reasons to Eat Local Food. As a gardener, I enjoy producing some of my own food because it's fresher and pesticide-free, it tastes better and keeps me in tune with the seasons, and it's just plain fun.
The Eat Local Challenge suggests that participants commit to eating only foods that are grown or produced within a 100-mile radius of one's home. For me, I'm happy that would mean I could have all the Maryland blue crabs, Lancaster County dairy products, and Hershey's chocolate my heart desires!
Well, I'm not quite ready to commit entirely to an all-local diet. But I do think I'll take up the task of learning about what is grown and produced in my area. I've found a great starting point at FoodRoutes, a website that allows you to type in your zip code and find markets and restaurants that offer local foods.
If you eat from your own garden, do you also try to find other locally grown foods?