They both draw attention to a challenge from Food Routes to pledge to spend $10 per week on locally produced food.
When you purchase local food, you'll get a wealth of benefits. You'll get exceptional taste and freshness, strengthen your local economy, support family farms, safeguard your family's health, and protect the environment.There are many farms locally that sell directly to the consumer. Don't know of one near you? Go to the Farmer's market on Saturday's in Syracuse or find one in your community.
Remember, every little bit helps:
A recent study in Maine shows that shifting just 1% of consumer expenditures to direct purchasing of local food products would increase farmers' income by 5%. Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) estimates that by encouraging Maine residents to spend just $10/week on local food, $100,000,000 will be invested back into farmers' pockets and the Maine economy each growing season.
Think how many local communities would benefit if everyone in the U.S. spent just $10 a week on local food.
Personal anecdote time:
Due to a recent stomach ailment, I have decided to shift my focus from the greening of my home to the greening of my stomach for the next several weeks. I have been perusing organic/health food stores, such as the Syracuse Real Food Co-op (great website and blog too). I purchased some fair trade coffee there, as well as fresh organic garlic and lemons for a roasted lemon-garlic chicken with rosemary springs from my better half's plant. The people working there were very nice and I highly recommend it. Discounts are available to those who join the co-op and work a few hours a month.
I also shopped the surprisingly extensive organic section of Wegman's grocery. I had seen the pricy organic fruits, veggies, and herbs in the vegetable section, but never ventured down the aisles filled with most anything natural or organic that you could wish for. Wegman's and myself don't always get along (I never did hear back from them), but I have to admit that I was very pleased at the variety and selection of the organic and natural foods stocked.
I will be attempting to eat primarily organic food over the next 3 weeks, which will be a big change to my diet. I know that this may be old news to many of you, who eat much more "green" than I have been... I will post and let you know of my adventures. I will say that already I have been leaning - GASP - towards a more veggie and grain based diet. (Yes I know I just talked about roasted chicken!) This will be more an adventure than putting those windows in!
p.s. it is the first real snow of the season tonight.