For the last few weeks I've been on a local food feeding frenzy. Aside from the usual trips to the farmers market, I've been on a local farm tour (about 15 of the farms in our area had what was essentially an open house last weekend), attended an all local foods potluck, and read Barbara Kingsolver's new book about eating local, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
All of this has convinced me that I'm just a beginner when it comes to seeking out and enjoying local foods. Clearly, I'm not in the same league as the farmers who commit a lifetime of work to raising food for themselves and their neighbors. But it's also a real commitment to decide to eat local foods for a month, like the friends who attended the potluck. They were taking part in the 100-mile local diet challenge for the month of September (more about that here).
Barbara Kingsolver's latest book is about an even longer commitment to eating local foods. With very few exceptions, Kingsolver's family ate entirely local foods for a full year, including a lot of vegetables they grew in their garden, and eggs and meat from the poultry they raise. Apparently they enjoyed the experience, and it's not hard to understand why.
For a full year they committed to making many foods from scratch, eating fresh and homemade foods including fresh bread, homemade mozzarella cheese, and vegetables and herbs from their garden. What's not to love? (If that doesn't make you hungry enough, the book includes recipes, too.) It's a great book, and you can search for it at your local library, or read an excerpt here.
We've published many other articles related to local foods in Mother Earth News. Here are a few with more resources and ideas: