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#456991 - 10/05/08 01:05 AM Do you try to eat locally for simplicity?
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Many Americans are turning into locavores -- eating only food that is grown 100 miles from their houses. Have any of you tried this? Where do you live, what do you eat, what tips do you have?

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#456992 - 10/05/08 01:10 AM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Aimee -- Living Simply]
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I live in Brooklyn and shop at the nearby grocery and health food stores. To be honest can't tell you where any of the food comes from--unless the package says "California grown" whatever.

But very intersting idea.
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#459120 - 10/14/08 02:01 AM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: leahmullen]
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Next time you are shopping, check to see where your food is grown or shipped from. I'm sure you will be amazed!
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#478944 - 12/26/08 07:30 PM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Aimee -- Living Simply]
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I belong to an organic food coop which delivers a big bin of locally grown fruits and veggies twice a month. They aren't all from within 100 miles but they do all come from our state.

I like eating this way for health but also it helps our local farmers, as opposed to buying produce grown in other countries, where we can't be sure of their growing practices.

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#479006 - 12/27/08 12:06 AM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Joan541]
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I am lucky enough to live in a fairly small city that has several outlets for locally grown food; a farmer's market on one side of town and a farm store on the other. I enjoy eating locally grown foods in season, somehow having to wait until June for strawberries makes them all the more delicious when they finally come! Right now the last of the various squashes are featured at my table, and the Michigan apples are plentiful. When the fresh things finally disappear I can turn to the sweet corn, beans, snap peas and roasted tomatoes that I froze last summer.

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#481428 - 01/03/09 08:18 PM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Claybird]
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Aimee, you're right that it's a good idea to check labels to see where food comes from these days! You have a hard time finding grapes, for instance, that are grown in the US.

I check my fish too to see where it came from. Farmed fish is produced in polluted water and the fish are more likely to have viruses, etc-yuk. Plus it adds to the pollution of our oceans. I don't buy anything but wild caught anymore or anything from outside the US.
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#481431 - 01/03/09 08:31 PM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: joanj]
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I like to shop at Walmart -- they have little sign next to each kind of produce that says where it's from.
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#500749 - 03/07/09 11:47 PM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: daisybun]
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I'm very lucky to live in a fairly rural area and we have actual farms around us. I like going to their little stores to help support them. The food is cheaper because there's no middle man, and the environmental impact is low because the food doesn't have to be shipped thousands of miles to me.

It's hard right now because it's snowy - I am very eagerly looking forward to another month or two when the spring crops start becoming available! I have the seeds ready to plant tomatoes and a few other things. I always start them WAY too early because I'm impatient so this year I'm waiting. I should start them soon though!
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#501009 - 03/09/09 04:11 PM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Lisa,
Some northern places have winter markets -- root veggies and what not. I am in snowy upstate NY and every third Thursday our local market has its winter market.

You may want to look into something similar.
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#501501 - 03/11/09 02:52 AM Re: Do you try to eat locally for simplicity? [Re: Aimee -- Living Simply]
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I definitely will! I just finished Animal Vegetable Miracle last night and it was very good. It tells of a family who eat only local food for a solid year. I really want to head in that direction myself. I like international wines so that will have to be an exception for me smile I do drink a lot of local wine though!

The farm stand near us is definitely closed. I'll scout around though!
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