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Congratulations! After much research , you have joined the Food Revolution, decided to cook more from scratch, encouraged your kids to eat ‘real food’ (and maybe even your husband), but you are at an impasse. How and where do you find local, grass-fed, organic, sustainable, free-range, pastured, traditional, just plain real food?
Can you find enough farmers, farmer’s markets, stores, restaurants, CSA’s and co-ops in your area to feed your family? Where do you start looking? What if you are planning a family trip? Where will you eat if you’ve cut the umbilical cord to McDonald’s?
You may be ready to throw in the towel in frustration, but don’t give up yet. Listed below are some websites that can help you find your friendly farmer or local farmer’s market and maybe even a Bed and Breakfast that serves local grass-fed products along the highway.
Eat Well Guide: this site is comprehensive and I spent hours looking around. I even planned a virtual trip from Texas to North Carolina along Interstate 40 just to see what popped up on the map. I found a total of 733 listings for the following categories: bakers, educational centers, restaurants, Bed and Breakfasts, farmers, stores, butchers, farmer’s markets, caterers, organizations, co-ops, personal chefs, CSA, and online shopping.
Eat Wild: this site focuses on grass-fed products, like beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat, bison, and dairy products. If you don’t find someone close by, many can ship to you.
Locavores: this is a group of people dedicated to eating only locally grown and harvested foods within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco. Will it catch on in your area? Can you eat only foods within 100 miles of you?
More sites to visit are Food Routes, Local Harvest, Slow Food, Heritage Foods USA, Just Food, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Sustainable Table, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Buy from the Farm (Canada farmer’s markets), and Farm Foody.
What can you find at farmer’s markets, CSA’s and natural stores?
Anything and everything! Lettuce, cabbage, sugar snap peas, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, fresh flowers, peppers, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, okra, plums, blackberries, pears, apples, nectarines, eggs, honey, artisan cheese, beef, venison, lamb, goat, pork and even bison. Hungry? Not sure how to cook these foods? Take a look at some of the books below to help you get started.