Saturday, November 22, 2008

Local Harvest

Now that the weather has gotten cold, Mom is starting to make plans for spring. Spring? It's still fall. Mom is such a planner, but this time I think she is really on to something.

Local Harvest is America's #1 organic and local food website. Their website is portal for small farms and farmers makets. You can search their site to find products from small farms and farmers markets which are local sources of sustainably grown food. By purchasing food this way, you establish direct contact with small farms in your area and eat as a "localvore". You help the environment as well as your body because most of the food grown is organic. There is also an online store where you can help small farms develop markets for some of their products beyond their local area. This site really gives you the best of both worlds.

Okay, so now back to Mom. What exactly is she planning for spring? Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, etc. This Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is another great way to eat as a "localvore". This is how it works: Mom (really Dad) will make a financial commitment to a farm, thus they will become "members" of the CSA. They will probably be asked to pay for the growing season up front and maybe even work a small number of hours on the farm. Doesn't this sound great? I will also benefit from this great food, because you know how much I love eggs and meat. I would even be willing to help out on the farm if they need me, maybe as a taste tester.

Check out and start making your own plans for spring. Their online store has lots of great items for gift giving, so shop early for the holiday season. See you on the farm!

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