If you want to live a healthier lifestyle in 2015, one way is to start eating more local foods. However, eating local can be slightly overwhelming if you are just starting out. Here are a few ways you can stick to your commitment to eat locally in 2015 and beyond.
Shop At Your Local Farmer's Market
One of the easiest ways to eat local is by shopping at your local farmer's market. Most farmer's markets open up in the spring run through the fall. Find out where your local farmer's market is.
Most people think you can only find fruits and vegetables at your local farmer's market. However, that is not true. You can sometimes get locally grown and raised cuts of meat at your local farmer's market. You can also sometimes find whatever fish is in-season as well.
You can also sometimes locate homemade pastas, breads and goodies at your local farmer's market. The next time you go to your local farmer's market, go with an open mind. You may be surprised at how much of your grocery list you can pick up at your local farmer's market.
Keep in mind though that the selections at local farmer's markets can vary greatly. Your farmer's market may not carry all of the above food items. One of the best ways to find what you need is to shop at a variety of different farmer's markets, farm stands, and locally owned businesses in your area.
Sign Up For Dairy Delivery
Having fresh milk and eggs delivered to your doorstep has actually not gone out of style. You can call up your local dairy and ask if they make weekly deliveries.
Many local dairies, in an attempt to connect with customers who are trying to lead healthier lifestyles, now offer in-home deliveries. You can have fresh milk and eggs dropped off on your doorstep on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis. You are more likely to find this service if you live somewhere where there are diary farms nearby. This service may not be available in every community.
This is an easy way to stay committed to eating locally in 2015.
Purchase Part Of A Cow
If you are a meat eater, you can ensure that your family only eats local meat by purchasing part of a cow. Many local farmers allow individuals to purchase a cow or hog.
You can purchase select cuts of meat from the animal. Or you can purchase a portion of the whole animal, and get a variety of different cuts. Contact local farms to see if any offer this service in your area.
It can also be cost effective to purchase meat from a local farm. They will generally charge you less per pound than the meat department at your local grocery store will.
Eat At Restaurants That Locally Source Their Food
On nights that you just don't feel like cooking all of your local food that is in your fridge, head on over to a restaurant in your area (such as Mr Mike's SteakhouseCasual) that locally sources their food. Most restaurants that locally source their food will advertise this information on their website or on their menu. You can always call and ask as well. When you eat out, make sure you eat local.
If you want to eat local in 2015, you need to change your shopping habits. Hit up your local farmer's market before you go to the grocery store. Sign up for dairy delivery and enjoy fresh and local milk and eggs every week. Purchase a portion of a cow or hog from a local farmer and enjoy locally raised meat. Search around and find out which of this opportunities are available in your community. Finally, when you need a break from cooking, make sure you eat out at a restaurant that locally sources their food.
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