There are a million reasons why you should eat food grown in your own yard, but gardening has its own set of troubles and requirements. So, if for some reason you can't grow your own garden, FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN. Go to the farmer's market and eat all the locally grown foods you can find there! The bonus is, it's probably even cheaper than the grocery store, and twice as delicious. Or, if you don't have much space, consider planter boxes on the porch, deck, terrace, or windowsill filled with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Go to your friend or family member with a huge garden and ask if you can plant a corner there, or barter for veggies. There's a time in August when every person with a garden in Kentucky is giving away zucchini because they can't eat any more. Ask around! Someone has homegrown food that you can access. This week we picked up our meat from a local, sustainable farm instead of picking it up at the grocery when we went. The quality is outstanding, and the price was only moderately more. I was so pleased! We got 10lbs of ground beef, one whole chicken, a beef roast, and 2 lbs of sausage for $104. That amount would have probably cost us around $85 at the grocery store, and this has infinitely better quality, is from my hometown where I have seen how it was raised, and I get to support a friend in the process. I know we are supremely fortunate to have access to such great quality meat right here in our hometown, but I would venture to guess that whatever it is you are wanting find locally that you can probably find it if you just look around a little bit.
Tips for Finding Locally Grown Food
Central Kentucky Local Food Sources
Pike Valley Farm
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!
Next time you eat at an ethnic restaurant, look to see if there is a store nearby! Next door to our favorite indian restaurant there is a store that sells Indian foods and goods. While not all things there will be local, they will usually be of good quality and "local" to that ethnicity. Plus you'll find great deals on bulk spices and ingredients. specific to that type of food. We always make sure to check out the Japanese markets, Mexican tiendas. and Indian stores because we love to eat culturally diverse foods and that's where you'll find the most authentic foods for each culture.
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