I love Saturday mornings! Why? Because it is farmers market day! I feel so blessed to call Willunga Farmers Market my local farmers markets. It has a wonderful atmosphere and is a great place to catch with the people in my community. My children get excited when they spot their friends and teachers there and most importantly it is chock a block full of delicious and local produce. Becoming a ‘Locavore’ is so much more than just food!
‘Locavores’ are people who source their food locally, shopping at farmers markets or direct from farms in their local area. Becoming a ‘Locavore’ has many benefits to your health, the environment, sense of community and the local economy.
Benefits of eating locally
- Local food is more nutritious –Food being transported its usually picked well before its ripe, reducing its nutritional value. Think about it, ripe fruit isn’t very robust and they don’t want it to perish before its destination! At the farmers markets produce is usually picked at the last minute, giving you the freshest, yummiest produce you can find.
- Local food tastes better – You CAN taste the difference between lettuce picked last week, factory washed, wrapped in plastic and transported from the other side of the country and lettuce picked up the road yesterday!
- Local foods are better for the environment. Less transport means a smaller carbon footprint. Of course you also need to look at the type of food you are eating. For example the production of beef and lamb produces much more carbon emissions than chicken and eggs. Plant based foods are better still.
- Local foods support your local economy and promote community. There is something special about having a conversation with the farmer that has actually grown or raised the food you are eating.
- You are supporting smaller, more holistic ways of farming. Often the smaller, local farms will have a variety of crops which helps the long term health of the soil and the land as opposed to gigantic farms that focus on only a few crops and deplete the land and soil.
To source local food you need to
- Find alternatives to the supermarket. See my post on becoming a ‘Super Fregan and make your pledge to avoid the supermarket in April ‘!
- Take notice of where your food is coming from by reading signs and labels
- Eat seasonally, shopping at local farmers markets helps you become more in tune with what is in season. Plan your meals around what is available and looks the freshest. You will have a keener sense of appreciation for your food if it is only available at certain times.
- Grow some of your own fruits, vegetables and herbs. If you have room get some chooks. You can’t get more local than your own backyard!
Let me know in the comments where your local farmers market is and what you love about it?
For gorgeous recipes using fresh produce from the farmers market check out my Energetic Mama Ebook and meal plan