Ok, I bet you’re still singing and dancing from the video in yesterday’s article. Once you get a chance to sit down, I’m going to continue with the discussion on eating a sustainable and local diet, and carry on from the previous article on being a locavore.
In that previous article I explained what being a locavore was and how to be one in the wintertime.
This is, alas, the flip side of the locavore movement and the thing that holds most people back from putting into practice: how can you get your foods in the winter?
In other words, what if you don’t live in places where food grows all year round?
What are you to do when your neighborhood farmer’s market is only open from May or June until some time in October? Or, if you grow your own food and your season doesn’t last all year?
The fact is, eating local during any other time but late Spring, Summer, and early Fall isn’t always easy; growing your own is challenging, and buying your own is indisputably expensive.
But now there is a way for local food lovers to hook up with other local food lovers, regardless of locations; it’s called VeggieTrader.com.
It’s a very easy, very community-friendly idea: grow too many tomatoes? Have too much lettuce coming up that you can’t use? Looking for Brussels Sprouts starters but can’t find any at your local nursery? Log onto VeggieTrader.com; tell it what you’re looking for or what you have too much of, scour the I WANT postings, and that’s it.
Whether you choose to sell, give away, or trade your produce is your business, and if you do wind up buying, odds are it will be far cheaper for you to procure your goods from a gardening neighbor than a high-end supermarket. Utter brilliance, and perfect for people who are devoted to eating as locally as possible, but who have to jump hurdle over hurdle in order to do it.
So now you have no excuse not to be a year-round locavore: VeggieTrader.com!
Also, would you like to know where there are farmer’s markets in your area? What restaurants in your area serve locally grown food? What food stores sell it? And what farms in your area grow organically?
You can find all this out and more at eatwellguide.org. It will lead you to the promised land on your quest to be a locavore.
And once you get into the swing of it and live the life of a locavore, you’ll really be living a Low Density Lifestyle.