MY HEALTHY TIP FOR YOU!
For dinner the other day, I created one of the best meals I've ever had rolled up in a wrap. Many of the elements were either found in the woods, given to me by a friend or purchased at our local farmer's market. It was a locavore meal!
What's that you might ask? Locavores are people who find out where their food comes from and commit to eating local food as much as possible. The great thing about eating local is that it's not an all-or-nothing venture. Any small step you take helps increase your family's health and supports small farmers in your area.
Take a couple steps toward eating food that is grown closer to home with these tips:
1) Visit a local farmer's market. Farmer's markets keep small farms in business through direct sales. Rather than going through a middleman, the farmer takes home nearly all of the money that you hand him or her for a delectable apple or wonderful bunch of grapes. Check out our local Alpena Farmer's Market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to noon.
2) Buy from local vendors. Can't find locally grown? How about locally produced? Many stores and shops have locally produced jam, jellies and breads as well as locally roasted coffee and locally created confections. While these businesses may not always use strictly local ingredients in their products, by purchasing them you are supporting the local economy. I can think of 10 different businesses that offer local products.
3) Grow your own food. I can't garden to save my life, but I can grow fresh herbs, recycle green onions for garnish and grow cherry tomatoes on my patio. I'm sure anyone with a window could to that much. If you have a green thumb and space, plant a garden of food you like to eat. There is nothing more fun than harvesting your own dinner.