1) Eating local means more for the local economy.
2) Locally grown produce is fresher & more nutritious.
3) Local food just plain tastes better.
4) Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen.
5) Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic.
6) Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons.
7) Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story.
8) Food with less distance from farm to plate is less likely to be affected by food contamination.
9) Local food translates to more variety including unusual & heirloom varities.
10) Supporting local providers supports responsible land development.
"Eating locally is not just a fad; it may be the best thing you can do for the health of the environment." David Suzuki.
There are many reasons to eat locally. Eating local food is better for the local economy; the produce is fresher & more nutritious; it is better for air quality and pollution caused by long distance shipping of non-local foods; it keeps us in touch with the seasons and the earth; it makes for a wonderful story; it offers more variety; it promotes sustainable land development; and it just plain tastes better.
At Little City Farm we promote local foods in a big way. Of course we grow much of our own food (produce, herbs, mushrooms & edible flowers) in our gardens, and try to source out different heritage varieties to grow each year. But eating the fresh "100-Metre Diet" out of the garden is just the start.
Here are some other ideas of how good food is a central part of our life at Little City Farm. Take one of our Workshops on these topics to learn more for yourself!
~ We bake our own bread with locally grown and milled organic flour.
~ We preserve, dry and freeze fruits, berries and vegetables for winter months.
~ We make jams and chutneys, can peaches, applesauce, tomatoes.
~ We store bushels of root vegetables for the winter months.
~ We experiment with fermenting foods to make natural sauerkrauts, crock pickles, yogurt, kefir, wine and sourdough.
~ We dry herbs for culinary, medicinal and tea use (read more about Homestead Herbals).
~ When grow sprouts such as alfalfa, spicy radish mix, wheatgrass, and sunflower shoots.
~ We host a monthly food-buying club to supply bulk dried goods such as organic flour, grains and beans.
~ We support local farmers through membership in produce buying clubs, CSA and weekly trips to our farmers market.
Local food must be celebrated! We would like to see old homesteading kitchen practices not be forgotten, so we offer ongoing food-related workshops on topics such organic gardening, canning, sprouting, fermenting, herbal teas, winemaking, heritage apple tasting, wood-fired baking, and more. View Workshops & Events for more details on upcoming topics.
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