Local Food Economies
Recently, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a local market that is mere miles away, they have microgreens and veggies all year round (thanks to hoophouses), fresh honey collected on the premises, a collection of pastured dairy, eggs, and meat products collected from area farmers.
I was thrilled to visit Heritage Prairie Market http://www.hpmfarm.com/ I encourage you to visit their site and be jealous of me because I get to frequent them. The people that work there are tremendously friendly and I felt like we had been shopping there for years. I love them!
Yesterday I listened to a PBS webcast that I found very interesting titled "Food Miles" I highly recommend the e² series. If you have 30 minutes to spare please view the webcast by going to the "teachers" pull down - select e² transport - then Food Miles. You won't be disappointed in their discussion on local food and its role in our past and its increasing (hopefully) role in our future.
I can't begin to explain how good it feels to support our local economy, to connect to the people that grow our food. Despite the warm fuzzies we get to enjoy tremendously delicious, fresh food. Our milk, eggs, and meat stores are almost gone already. Looks like we will have to make a trip back there soon! I encourage you to seek out wonderful local outlets in your area, Local Harvest is a great place to start your search.
Enjoy the photos of the gorgeous Black Spanish, and Watermelon radishes we enjoyed this past week...
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I've never seen such a beautiful radish! Thanks for commenting on my pancakes and salsa! I'm going to post the recipe tonight!
A major study called "Food, Fuel, and Freeways" recently put out by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa found out after compiling data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that your food travels an average of 1,500 miles before it gets to your local big box store if it is not sourced from local farmers. All the more reason to buy local!
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