Buying Local Food
What’s on your menu for Easter dinner? Have you ever thought about where that food comes from? Vermont, being an agricultural state filled with innovative farmers, has become the leader in the locavore and “farm to plate” movements. The idea is to source your food close to home. For me personally the main advantage of buying locally is knowing that my food was sustainably grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that harm the environment. But there are lots of other advantages to the eating local food such as:
- Local food is fresher. It’s picked when ripe (not when convenient for cross-country trucking) so it tastes better and it’s more nutritious
- Local food supports local farmers. Here in Vermont we’re struggling to make sure our landscape stays rural and pastoral so supporting farms and farm families is critical
- Local food supports the local economy and helps create jobs and sustainable communities
Farmer’s Markets, CSAs and The Wild Carrot Farm
In Vermont, most grocery stores have a decent selection of local foods but the real action is at our farmer’s markets and our CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). Last week Annette asked Ken and me to split a share of locally grown food from the Wild Carrot Farm, a local CSA in Brattleboro, VT. After meeting with Jesse Kayan who operates the farm we were hooked and decided to give it a try. For about $500 we get a generous share of freshly picked vegetables each week throughout the entire harvest season- plus a variety of PYO (pick your own) flowers and veggies. If you’d like to learn more about buying a share, give Jesse a call. CSAs have a limited number of shares they can sell each year, depending on the size of their farms. Like other CSAs in our area, the Wild Carrot Farm will be sold out soon.
How About Having Easter Dinner in Vermont– at a Country Inn?
If you don’t have time to gather local foods together in time for Easter- treat yourself and your family to dinner out. People come from all over New England to enjoy Easter dinner at our many farm to plate restaurants. This photo is from the restaurant at the Windham Hill Inn in Townshend, VT– one of the prettiest rural inns in the Green Mountains. Check out the Vermont Fresh Network to find the place that’s perfect for your family.
Bon appetit, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring!
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