Become a Locavore Next Door in Five Simple Steps
By Carrie Robinson on June 01, 2012 from The Locavore Next Door
My students learned quite a bit that spring. But so did I. I learned that I no longer felt comfortable just buying that bag of chicken breasts at the big chain supermarket. I would pick up the package and my mind would generate a plethora of questions:
Where were these chickens raised? Were they packed into a warehouse with thousands of others chickens, never seeing the light of day? Were they pumped full of growth hormones and antibiotics? Where were they processed and was the equipment clean and sterilized? Since I couldn’t have any of my questions answered right there in the store, I often left the bag of chicken breasts sitting in the grocery freezer and not in my cart. I realized that I wanted to know WHERE the food I was feeding my family came from. I was evolving into what many would call a locavore.
What is a locavore? A locavore is someone who likes to know where the food they consume every day comes from. They strive to eat local as much as possible. I try to be a locavore most of the time. It just isn’t possible to always be one 100 percent of the time. I cannot always know exactly where my meat and vegetables and fruits are coming from. But when I shop locally, I can be a 100 percent locavore in that moment. And so can you. Trying to become a locavore can seem daunting, but here are five easy steps that you can take now towards becoming one:
1. This one is probably the easiest and maybe most obvious, but shop the local farmers market! The Bridgeport Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Market Place in Charles Pointe. The wonderful thing about the farmers market is that you can talk directly to the farmer, producer or vendor of what you are purchasing right then and there. You can ask them about their growing methods, how they make their delicious jam, where they raise their honeybees. And often times, vendors are more than happy to let you have a taste of what they have on hand. For more information on the Bridgeport Farmers Market, visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bridgeport-Farmers-Market/181228659667?ref=ts