Garden Chick - Notes from the Garden

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I have been reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. It is a story of how a family, after moving to Virginia, deliberately ate food either produced on their own land, or bought locally. After starting the book, I purposefully went through my cupboards to see where a number of my items came from: honey (not local, not even from the U.S.!). There are a number of local honey producers at our local farmers market, and I could have easily purchased it there. Eggs were from Alabama (I am in Georgia). I know the local CSA which I travel by at least 3 times a week carries fresh free range eggs and they taste much better. Bread, again from a couple of states away, and there are at least 3 local bread bakers nearby. Eating locally is not difficult, it just takes a little planning and education. Eating more responsibly, buying locally, and paying more attention how fresh our food is, and where it comes from, is something everyone can do. Before buying that next item on your grocery list, see where it comes from, and try to find it locally.
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