Your Local Food Resolutions

Hello and hi, friends of rogueApron. I thought I’d take a minute to share some great Local Food Resolutions, written by Judith Winfrey of Love is Love Farms. Judith and Joe, in addition to being rad young local farmers, are simply great people who’ve really put their hearts into transforming a Dougasville farm – and by our extension, our attitudes toward food and life. rogueApron is going to be taking these resolutions to heart in the following year … please join us!

Love,

Lady Rogue

1) Eat Some Local Food

You don’t have to give up coffee or bananas or even fast food to eat locally. The beauty of eating local food is that we have 3 opportunities a day, 21 a week, 90 a month, and 1092 a year to do so. Try having an all local meal just once in the 21 meals you’ll have next week. Try purchasing one item from a local farm while it’s in season instead of from the grocery store. If everyone spent just 5% of their average home food expenditures (just $67.50) on local food this year, we would keep millions of dollars in our local farms, support our local economy, and strengthen our local food culture.

2) Savor the Flavor of Food

Enjoy the fresh flavor and texture of locally grown food. Take time with your meals. Slow down. Be present. Be mindful. We have to eat, but it shouldn’t be a chore. Pay attention to that ripe heirloom tomato and recognize the quality and freshness there you can’t find in any grocery store.

3) Grow Something Edible

Try growing something simple wherever you can: a windowsill, a patio, the backyard, the front yard, the neighbor’s yard (with permission), or in a community garden.

4) Meet a Farmer

They are the face behind your food. They work hard through the cold of winter and the heat of summer, driven by a passion for growing. This passion carries through to the food that you eat, pure bliss at the height of the season and fresh from the ground. Getting to know your farmers restores a social dimension to our food largely absent in today’s society. They can tell you stories about your food, its trials, tribulations and triumphs.

5) Tour a Farm

Food does not come from a grocery store. It comes from the ground. So why not visit a farm? A farm, the way it looks and smells and sounds, is a good reflection on how our food tastes and provides a window into the personality of a farmer.

6) Try Out Family Recipes (or Make Your Own)

Ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and inlaws (if you still get along after the holidays) for family recipes. Make sure to get the story behind these recipes. Try writing the recipes out on a card and putting the stories on the other side of the card. Retell the stories when you serve the meal to your family and friends. Put yourself in the stories and pass them along.

7) Cook with Friends

Cooking alone can be frustrating. Invite friends over to help out, especially those culinarily inclined ones, and have fun. Even if you make a mess and burn everything to a crisp, you’ll have the memories.

8) Share Food

Eat as a family. Invite friends over. Host a dinner party. Throw a potluck. Have a picnic. Just turn off the television (or whatever else distracts from conversation) and see what happens. Eating together doesn’t have to happen over local food, although I encourage that.

9) Give Thanks

Remember that your food was grown by an real person at a real place. Even if you don’t know that someone or that somewhere, acknowledge the time, energy and (hopefully) love they put into planting, growing, and harvesting your food.

10) Donate to an organization that works on local food issues in your area.

Here are a few of my favorites.

ATLANTA
SlowFoodAtlanta.org
CVCAtlanta.org

ATHENS
LocalPlace.org

SOUTHEAST
SouthernFoodways.com

US
SlowFoodUSA.org

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One Response

  1. […] Rogue Apron – Your Local Food Resolutions: Judith from Love is Love Farms offers some sage advice for eating better in 2009. You may recall that they are one of the contributors to The Local Farmstand here on the Westside, which is where I pickup my milk for mozzarella. Some of Judith’s ideas: meet a farmer, grow something, and cook with friends. I vow to visit a local GA farm sometime in 2009. Will you? […]

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