- You get fresher food! No fruit that ripens as it travels to you or sits on the store shelves.
- A lot of times either you are the producer or you can visit with the farmer to make sure that you are getting food that is chemical free.
- You support the local economy.
- If you train your way of thinking you can eat things that are in season and save money.
- Getting food without hormones. This is something I am really working on for my maturing children.
- Less gas is wasted in transportation.
I had planned on being fairly strict in my eating locally this summer. That didn't quite happen (I did still go to the grocery stores every so often though I didn't visit Walmart from the beginning of June to Sept.) but I did make progress. Here are some of the ways we eat locally:
- We have ordered (from a local farmer) 1/4 of a steer that is hormone free and grass fed. We are getting for around $2 a lb. so I think we are getting a good deal.
- We get most of our milk from either my parents (goats milk) or a local dairy (which is hormone free). I have tried some to make my own cheese. I have also made butter and ice cream a few times. We regularly have homemade yogurt. (lately I have been spoiled because my mom has been making it for me!)
- We have a garden and also have been frequenting the local farmers market. We have also been blessed with friends and family sharing produce with us.
- We picked lots of wild berries!
- I have started using more honey which I bought from local beekeepers.
- We buy local grain and grind it ourselves.
- I talked to a friend that loves to hunt and he said he would be glad to share if he gets a lot, we will pay for his tags.
- Today we picked a bunch of apples that I got after posting on Freecycle that I would be interested in any apples that people might let go to waste.
That is some of our methods of eating locally, what do you do?