Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Win/Win/Win Situation: Buying Local

This entry is titled "Win/Win/Win" because buying local has so many advantages. By supporting your local farms you get fresher and tastier products, pump your dollars back into the local economy, and you decrease your carbon footprint because your strawberries are from Virginia and not California.

We are lucky - we have so many options when it comes to buying local. Check out the newest Farmer's Market in the West End open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The Great Big Greenhouse will be hosting the Huguenot-Robious Farmer's Market on Thursdays starting in June. Additional area Farmers' Markets are listed here.

If you have a hard time getting to a market, you can check out some local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture: You purchase a farm "share" and weekly or bi-weekly you get what the farm has harvested. It is a great way to introduce new veggies to your family and try new recipes). Through the Fall Line Farms Co-op, you can order fruit, vegetables, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, pasta, breads and much more through their website (for an initial fee). Select a pickup location (the Southside option is the locally-owned store Gather).

Finally, if becoming a locavore seems like a noble goal to you, Local Harvest is a terrific resource, it even lists restaurants that purchase their produce and meats from local farms. Additionally, there is a new Buy Fresh, Buy Local site for Richmond in the works.

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