Starting Tomorrow: Local Food Only

Since making the decision to purchase a CSA share this summer, K and I also decided to take it up a notch.

We figured we were already devoting ourselves to local produce, why not add in locally sourced dairy, meat, and other staples? Since I will have to walk over to the farmers market every week to pick up our share, we might as well grab some eggs and meat too.

How we are defining local:

350 miles from Chicago

local foods map

(Basically, it is about how far a truck can travel in a single day)

What is included:

  • Produce
  • Meat
  • Dairy products & eggs

What is not included:

  • Going out to eat
  • Eating at other people’s homes

Potential Benefits:

  • An increase in vegetable intake
  • A decrease in meat intake
  • A decrease in processed foods
  • A decrease in food packaging, so less waste
  • A decrease in GHG used to transport our food around
  • A decrease in our  waistlines

Potential Costs:

  • $$$$

While our CSA share does not start until June, we are starting when our local farmers market returns outside tomorrow.

HRC telling us how it is on Sesame Street 1993.

 

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5 comments

  1. I wish more people in my local area would think of this. We live in a place where orchards and farms are plentiful, but a lot of people still prefer their tomatoes from Mexico and apples from New Zealand. I don’t get it! This post reminded me of “Animal Vegetable Miracle” – ever read it? It’s an awesome book! A family decides to move house and grow as much of their own food as possible, then only purchasing as local as possible for things they can’t grow themselves. It was an awesome read.

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