Eat Local Y’all!

I am happy to say that I have jumped on the “eating local” bandwagon.  To be honest, I have wanted to make an effort to eat locally grown, raised, and produced foods for quite a while, and luckily now that we live in Austin, it is much easier to do so.  I guess for some this is an easy decision.  For others, it may not be so easy.  I understand that a lot of factors go into this decision, i.e. ease and availability of local produce, cost, etc., however I have been doing some research on some arguements on why to eat locally if you’re on the fence about it.  Take a look at what I’ve found.

  • When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your community, and strengthen the local economy.
  • More than 90¢ of every dollar you spend goes to the farmer, thus preserving farming as a livelihood and farmland.
  • This is important because as mergers in the food industry have increased, the portion of your food dollar paid to farmers has decreased. Vegetable farmers earn only 21¢ of your dollar; the other 79¢ goes to pay for marketing, distribution, and other costs.
  • CSAs (community supported agriculture) and farmers’ markets provide farmers with close to 100% of the food dollar (minus a fee or small percentage paid to the market for maintenance).
  • Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually sold within 24 hours of being harvested while on the other hand, food purchase in super markets, on average, travel 1,518 miles from field to fork.

Michael Pollan's Food Rules

I also want to invest in some reading material to help continue my knowledge about where my food comes from and what goes on “behind the scenes” before the food hits the table.  My first purchase was Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual which was recommended to me by a friend.  This book has some basic, and witty, guidelines to eating wisely.  My favorite being “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food”.  He gives a really funny example about ‘pseudo butter’ and GoGurt.  I strongly recommend this one…it was money well spent!

Here are some other books that I am planning on purchasing (further reading, cookbooks, etc.)

Eating Local by Janet Fletcher

The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

Edible by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian

One of these days, I’m going to have a house with a yard so that I can have my own garden.  I don’t see that happening any time soon but it is a definite goal/plan of mine.  I purchased this beautifully letter pressed calendar a few months ago at Austin’s first Renegade Craft Fair.  I currently have it hanging in our kitchen purely because I love it’s design, however, one of these days I’m going to use it as a produce planting guide as well.  It was made by Krank Press.  I purchased the calendar that was specific to the items that grow best in Texas, however they have several different versions of the calendar based on your location.  Check it out!

Texas Produce Calendar by Krank Press

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5 comments
  1. This is funny you posted about this considering I worked in logistics for a food distribution company. You would not BELIEVE how much food freight costs. It’s so ridiculous paying thousands of dollars to get food from one place to another. You should talk to Sam about this; she’s been trying to tear me away from McDonald’s for years.

  2. Sara Coopwood said:

    hey sally. you have such a great blog! i have been following now since you sent me the link the other day! i just wanted to say that eating locally is such a fantastic idea. i watched the documentary Food, Inc. not too long ago and it is incredible. i would definitely recommend it. the ways that the food industry has changed in the past 50-60 years is crazy, and it is scary to think not only about what people are really eating when they consume such processed food but about the local farmers who are being driven out of the market by these mega companies. yea to you for eating locally!

    • sara–
      I LOVE food inc! such a great documentary! miss you friend! I swear your wedding gift is coming…i can never remember to go to the fedex store!

  3. Melanie Morriss said:

    Hey Sally! My fiance just read a book that might be of interest to you. It’s called Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Per his description, the book discusses the importance of knowing where your food comes from and provides some insight into current food practices in the United States. It definitely changed the way we shop and eat.

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