Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Think Local, Buy Local

One of the great things about moving to the central leatherstocking region of New York (we're near Cooperstown) is great, local, fresh food, like the local eggs that we love so much that Robin sent a card to the lady who gathers them. We buy those eggs, and lots of other terrific fresh, local, organic food at It's All Good Grocery in Cherry Valley.

I grew up in rural Arkansas. We had a big garden, a horse, a cow sometimes, pigs most of the time (and seeing how smart they are is a big reason I don't eat pork anymore, but that's another post for another day). Of all the great food we get from Cindy, Terry, and Bill, it's the eggs I love the most. They carry local eggs from several different places, but we really love Coralee's...

In these hard times, when people are tightening their belts, staying home to eat more meals, I sure hope that small, local organic groceries become more popular. Eating out is so expensive that you could eat all organic, if you cooked at home, for the same money as a dinner out would cost. In these times of concern for sustainability and a green economy, remember that all of those concerns are already being addressed by your local organic, natural, and sustainable grocery.


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OrganicLover said...

Yeah, BUT it's expensive to buy...

So to those of you who love or seek to grow your own organic vegetables, herbs, berries at al. here's how:

I recently came across this new company that set up what's called a "Portable Eco-Farm" in my backyard. Not only do I grow my own ORGANIC, PESTICIDE and FERTILIZER FREE vegetables and herbs I also am growing my own Tilapia fish!!!

The system uses some kind of new aquaponic tech. that filters the mineral laden water from the fish tank to my vegetable grow trays, the veggies clean the water and then pass the purified water back to my Tilapia.

I also opted to use Solar Panels on my greenhouse which means I am saving water and not using any externally energy!!!
They came to my house, built my Portable Eco-Farm and taught me how to care for it. IT ONLY TAKES ME 5 MINUTES A DAY, and my 12 year old daughter likes to do it for us. The system is pretty cheap for what you get and with my farm my ROI is approx. 19 months (unless I switch to growing coy fish for retail or decide to sell my organic homegrown fare!)

If anyone is interested check out there site. I met with Chris, the owner, and he dialed me in completely, evening customizing my own greenhouse! These guys are really knowledgeable and easy to work with. Check them out:

OrganicLover, SD

lovesbeauty said...

Living in the city, all organics are "imported". How can I tell where they are from, and also what is the "radius" for being considered "local"?

~ Wajihah Gregor

Scott Supak said...

Wajihah, not necessarily. Many cities have large urban gardens, community gardens, even places where you can grow your own. Some of the most beautiful small farms I've ever seen were inside city limits. You have to ask if it's not on the label.

I've heard that within 100 miles is considered "local."