Monday, December 22, 2008

Organic Food and Produce at Local Harvest

Photo courtesy SXC

We all know about the benefits of buying produce and food locally. Not only do we support local farms and small businesses in this practice, but the food generally tastes so much better and often you can get naturally grown produce that is not necessarily certified organic but is grown in the same old-fashioned way. One of the best tools for finding the places and resources for local produce is Local Harvest, the most effective website I have found that connects the consumer with the farmer directly.

The best way to use this website is to find farms in your area and buy directly from them. You can either become a member of a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group and get a regular monthly share of crop, or just visit the local farm stand on an as needed basis. Typically, a CSA season runs from late spring through early fall, although some farmers still sell greenhouse items into winter.

You can also buy produce and other food through this website. While it is pricey and of course not as sustainable with shipping, the great thing is that you still know exactly where it comes from and how it is grown. Here you have instant access to meat, dairy, eggs, produce, preserves, herbs, seeds, crafts, and deserts from farms across the nation.

You can also search for local restaurants that use local and/or organic produce. While the list is not complete, it is constantly being updated.

I still can't figure out though how they ship you eggs when you buy through the website...


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