buying local…is it green?

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I think one of the easier ways to incorporate more green or conscientious habits into our lives is to buy local; easier say than trading in your car for a $30k hybrid. (photo above from Charlestown Cooperative Farm dot com)

We’ve looked into joining a food co-op or community supported agricultural farm at one of our local farms to get monthly produce from instead of buying it in the grocery store.  Unfortunately the amounts in a typical ‘box’ are enough for a four-person family and not a two-person family and we haven’t been able to convince anyone we know near us to join in.

But I’ve been noticing lately that more and more supermarkets and grocery stores offer selections of locally grown fruits and vegetables almost all year long.  Even in the not-so-trendy suburban town that I grew up in, the supermarket had locally grown apples for sale this past fall.  Even though I frequently complain about suburban life away from the city, I do enjoy being able to drive 10 minutes in almost any direction from where we live to a local orchard (that has the best apple cider donuts ever) or farmer’s market and get yummy stuff that hasn’t sat on a tractor trailer for a week to get to me.  And a lot of our local farmers, although not certified organic, don’t use pesticides, which really appeals to me. 

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I love the Local Harvest website.  You can type in your zip code and look up "farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area,
where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies".  Any I have found that locally grown products are less expensive than the certified-organic stuff they sell in the stores, and possibly just as good and healthy.

So the next time you’re in the grocery store, see if you can find the locally grown produce.  I think it’s healthy for you and good for the environment.

PS.  DH just asked me what I was writing about and he just told me that Time magazine’s cover asked the same question last week.  So I looked the article up and you can read it here!

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