Stocking the Larder, Locally: Part One

Part One in a Three Part Series 

I gleaned peas from the farm this morning. No altruistic motivations here (wish I could say I donated them to less fortunate folks), just taking advantage of stocking the freezer with free, organic veggies.

This isn't the norm though. Obtaining local, organic and sustainably grown foods costs, sometimes a lot. So why do we do it? Basically, our family has made the choice to value the health of our bodies, community, planet and the farmers who grow our food. Incidentally, these are also the reasons, more or less, for us choosing a plant based diet.

But the health benefits of sustainable foods aren't just physical. Knowing your farmer is good for your whole health and well being.

Buying food from local farms is spiritually grounding and a return to our roots. I am connecting myself to a person, not a corporation, brand or store. That person is directly connected to the land - blood, sweat and tears. My connection to them connects me to the land, albeit somewhat vicariously, and returns me to the original Divine mandate to tend the garden, the task we were created to do.

Valuing everyone's health and "returning to the garden" is all fine and dandy but let's get down to the nitty-gritty, what about the cost?

I'm not even going to address the long-term environmental and health costs of eating a fossil fuel dependent diet, that's a book. But if I did the cost question would be blown out of the water.

However, I know most people think of cost in terms of next month's paycheck so I'll stick to the here and now.

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  • Cori

    Cori on July 24, 2008, 3:07 a.m.

    We picked peas there yesterday - I'm glad there were still some left for you! The only thing better than fresh food is free fresh food!


  • Andie

    Andie on July 24, 2008, 1:02 p.m.

    I just wanted to grab one of those pea pods right off the vine, yum! Interesting to read this as I have just finished a book that was alllll about this topic. It really made such a connection between my heart and mind.
    As far as cost, that is a biggie. We don't live paycheck to paycheck but we are a single income family with four and there is a budget. A food budget that I have to keep to becuase it's one of those areas that can totally get out of hand. I've managed to buy all organic and local items except on the milk end. With a teenager and soon to be teens in the house we go through 5 gallons a week. I can't buy the organic stuff as it is three times the price. The hubs suggests I buy a cow, lol! Any way, great topic! I love discussing this. a.

    P.S I answered your home schooling question in the comments on my site.


    • renee

      renee on July 24, 2008, 6:36 p.m.


      I read your answer to my comment and can understand. Just wishing for you that you could have your dream house...

      Yes, buy a cow, have her munch on the grass in your yard, I'm sure your neighbors would LOVE that!

      Out of control food budgets... tell me about it. Having trouble reining it in this time of year with all the fruit I want to buy and pick.


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