Tips for Finding Locally Grown Food
- Do you live near an Amish or Mennonite community? Go explore! There are usually little grocery stores and bulk stores within those communities where you can find fresh and local produce, meat, and dairy, not to mention yummy baked goods.
- Ask around. Ask the people at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's if they have found a good source for local eggs. I know where I live there are even handwritten signs on the side of the road advertising eggs for sale. Call one of those numbers.
- Buy direct. Find a farmer you can buy directly from. Oftentimes you can work with a farmer to deliver your cow (or pig, or chickens) to the local processor where you can pick up a years worth of meat for a fraction of store costs. If you're having trouble finding a local farmer, talk to a meat processor. Farmers aren't always listed, but meat processors will be.
- Search for a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) where you can sign up to receive a box of produce weekly from a local farm. It's a great way to get a bunch of produce for a reasonable price, and it's like picking up a gift every week.
- Re-consider raising your own. Have you ever heard of a micro-farm? You can do so much farming with very little space! Check out The Urban Homestead and see what they do with a super small space!
- If you absolutely can't find a local producer of meat or vegetables, guess what? You need to start a business. The market is there. People want good food.
Central Kentucky Local Food Sources
Terrapin Hill Farm
The Nutrition Center
Your Farmer's Market
Whole Foods/Trader Joe's
If you know of any other local and sustainable food sources in central Kentucky, please share them with me and I will add them to the list!