Thursday, June 11, 2009

Finding Local Produce

The hottest trend in cooking this year is buying local. It makes sense in this economy. We need to support our local businesses and that certainly includes farmers.

But it makes sense on another level, too. Food that is local is fresher, and more likely to have been grown naturally. It probably wasn't picked and packed green. It hasn't spent time in a shipping container, and it most likely hasn't been treated with chemicals to last longer.

Farmers' Markets are a great source of local produce, cheeses, meats, and baked goods. But don't stop there. There's a wonderful website to help you find local farms no matter where you live. Local Harvest not only clues you in about markets in your area, but also about special events. http://www.localharvest.org/ Click on "farms" and enter your zip code. Farms in your area will pop up, complete with five star ratings. While you're on that page, select restaurants to learn about the ones in your area that cook with locally grown produce and meats. Hit events and take the kids to pick berries, or go on a romantic cheese tasting adventure with your new huggie. If you don't have time to get out (and you should make time, you know), you can order direct from Local Harvest farms, just select "shop".

Five cupcakes for Local Harvest!

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