My Life as a Locavore

I am currently reading the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and it has really inspired me to shop and eat on a very small scale. I want to support small, local farms as much as I possibly can. This means some sacrifices for sure, but I am going to challenge myself to eat as much food from the farmer’s market as I can. This means eating completely seasonally and taking a cue from what’s available for recipes and meal ideas. This also means fresher food, more flavor, and, in most cases, lower costs!

Today I bought heirloom tomatoes as snacks, apples for breakfast. I also have garlic, peaches, pears, and grapes from the market. I haven’t bought bananas or any out of season vegetables in over a week!

I have decided to take this challenge because I believe its as close to eating as nature intended as I can do living in New York City in 2009. I think it will be fun to try to negotiate the ideals I have been reading and agreeing with and the temptation of having avocados, bananas, and mango available in January. And what about lettuce!? I can’t go completely saladless in the winter! This will be an adventure to say the least!

I’ll keep you updated on what I get my hands on at the market. And what I end up giving in on at the grocery store too. I don’t know if I can live without lemons.

Be a punk, support small farms!

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    Lina said,

    how goes it with the local veggie eating? isn’t it hard to find local produce in the winter in NYC? it sure is in northern sweden… nothing grows and all there is to buy are potatoes, carrots etc.

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    Lina,
    I haven’t had any trouble so far! I thought I would but October is wonderful: kale, cabbage, squash, eggplant, brussel sprouts, grapes, apples, pears. I do miss bananas and avocados but it feels good to be eating the way nature intended for sure. I can’t imagine it will be as easy in January. If there are still greens I can survive but eating only carrots and potatoes would certainly be a challenge!

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    Lina said,

    well… i suppose i exaggerated a bit. it would be great to have a farmers market close by. hopefully soon… i’m with you on the idea though. eating bananas and pineapples every day in northern sweden is ridiculous when you think about it. sadly most people don’t even reflect on this. good luck to you girl.

    /lina


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