Baby Step to Local #2
Switching to a local diet may seem daunting. As I constantly have to remind myself, it is not an all-or-nothing venture. It’s important to start taking small baby steps and working a few local items into your routine. Taking your time to becoming a more conscious consumer is how to start. You can reference my previous post on Baby Step #1: Avoid foods you see advertised on television, the web, or in a magazine.
Baby Step #2:
Choose 5 foods in your house that you can eat locally.
Forget emptying out your whole pantry or fridge, and simply choose 5 items that would be very easy to buy locally. Here are my suggestions.
- Local Milk – switching to local milk is quite possibly the easiest change without sacrificing quality, price or taste. In Nashville you can buy local milk at the Woodbine Farmers Market, 12 South Farmers Market, East Nashville Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Turnip Truck, and The Produce Place.
- Local Eggs – once you start eating local eggs, you can never go back. They are full of flavor with their vibrant yokes. Make sure to ask if they are free range, and what they are fed.
- Local Bread – You can usually find local bread at just about any farmers market or grocery store, as well as individual bakeries. There is nothing quite like freshly baked bread (the French have got it right)
- Local Honey – Local honey is quite possibly one of the best things you can do for allergies, and it makes a great substitute for sugar.
- Local Veg – If you are a frequent shopper at farmers markets, Whole foods or local grocery stores, you can find great local vegetables. Start with just one thing, don’t think all your vegetables have to be local. Experiment and find something that you like.
The key here is to find what would be the easiest to change to a local source for you. Start with small things. 5 items is the perfect goal and a challenge to incorporate into your routine. You can always work your way up one item at a time.
What items do you buy locally?
My personal local items I always buy are local milk, local meat, local desserts, local cheese, and about 60% local veggies.