Resolutions. It’s time to make them, it’s time to share them, and it’s time to maybe even keep them this year.

Yesterday, I gave you my first of three suggestions for New Year’s resolutions that do some good and are pretty easy. Today, I’ve got the second resolution that you are welcome to adopt as your own.

Buy one local food a week.

I certainly don’t want to limit you to just one local food, but if you aren’t buying any or are buying them infrequently, committing to one a week is a good place to start.

Why will this do good? There are many, many reasons why buying local foods is important. I’ll give you just a few.

·       Food that doesn’t have to travel far doesn’t use a lot of fuel to get to you.
·       You’re supporting you’re local economy.
·       If you’re buying local, you’re buying in season, and food in season tastes best.

Why is this easy? Most people shop for food at least once a week. So picking up something local shouldn’t be too difficult.

You may find it easier to do this during the growing season when local produce is readily available. But produce isn’t the only local product you can buy. I’ve already written about how you can keep it local when nothing is growing.

Come back tomorrow for our final do good, easy New Year’s resolution suggestion. And check out yesterday’s idea - buy inexpensive reusable grocery bags, enough for when you do a full shopping trip, and use them. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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