Tip #9 – Buy Local and in Season
Technology allows us the luxury of buying almost any food at almost any time, year round. Our society has become disconnected from the rhythm of the seasons. After generations of easy availability, we have come to believe that without modern technology we would be unable to feed ourselves, especially in the winter.
But we belong to the Earth and her life cycles. By seeking local foods in season we become reconnected with nature and the wisdom of our ancestors. Our very cells instinctively know that food is most delicious and most nutritious when it is grown on a small scale, locally, and harvested in season. This is because it is raised in soil that is nutrient-rich instead of nutrient-depleted. Contrast this with some organic foods that are grown in large quantities, picked before ripening and travel long distances to sit in storage for months before they reach the supermarket shelves. Which do you think is more nutritious?
So how do we know what’s in season? One way to know is to visit your local grocer and the farmers market on a regular basis. If it’s in season, it will be for sale there.
You may find foods that you’ve never seen before. Local grocers and small farmers love when you ask about them. Buy something that’s completely unfamiliar to you. Find out what it is and jot down the name on a piece of scrap paper so you won’t forget it by the time you drive home. Type it into your search engine, add the word “recipe” next to it and see what comes up. Be adventurous! Have fun experimenting with your taste buds!
Local, sustainably raised produce and meats are less expensive than certified organic. However, they are still somewhat more expensive than conventionally produced foods. Tell yourself you’re worth it.