With the start of seasonal farmers markets all over the nation, many of our thoughts are turning to foods produced locally. I am what I refer to on my South Jersey Locavore blog as a locavore-wannabe. I’d love to eat only local products, but it’s not going to happen. I support as much local as I can, though, and in the spring and summer, my locavorism goes into full swing.
I found a few items this week on the topic of local foods (and wines) that I thought I’d share with you for your weekend reading.
Local wines are an important part of the local food movement (vineyards are farms), and 1 Wine Dude asks a question that I’ve always wanted the answer to: Why do local wine and local food hate each other? In other words, why is it so rare to find local wines on the menu of a restaurant that serves locally grown and made foods?
Strolling of the Heifers put out a Locavore Index that ranked each state in local food availability. They used data exclusively from government sources and measured the “per-capita presence of Community-Supported Agricultural enterprises and Farmers Markets, each of which is an indication of both the availability and demand for locally-produced food.” Vermont came out on top. My state, New Jersey (the Garden State), sadly came in near the bottom at 48th.
Fresh local foods may seem out of the reach to those with a low income, but Philly.com says the USDA has released a $4 million grant for “states to help implement wireless technology that will allow more farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or food stamps.”
Most locavores love their local farmers market. My fellow MNN food blogger, Kimi, gives her opinion on why you should buy food at the farmers market. I agree with all her reasons.
Enjoy your weekend! And, hey don’t forget to participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive tomorrow. Whether the food you donate is local or not, it will be very much appreciated.