This post concerns something that I have always been keen on sharing, which is the meaning of consuming ‘local’. In my struggle to be a little more responsible and a little less my-old-self (understand by that the common 21st century chick obsessed beyond measure with fashion), which I still am a little, I have come to understand the importance of sustaining local markets. And the feeling of belonging to a sustainable community and doing the right thing.
Okay, slightly too enthusiastic on that one Aggie.
So here’s a guide to eating local and doing good to your community/region/country.
- At the supermarket, the origin of the product thou shall check. And if thou can afford it, buy local rather than foreign products. About the 100000 miles carbon footprint of your orange thou shall think. Remember you country may be a producer itself!
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables thou shall buy. If thou want to buy local, forget eating mango and watermelon on Christmas eve thou must!
Here’s a little list of autumn’s seasonal vegetables and fruits (from september to november). I shall try to respect the season’s rule myself, therefore expect many receipes in the coming months.
- Vegetables: aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onions, leeks, mangetout, parsnips, pumpkin, swede, etc…
- Fruits: raspberries, blackberries, apples, pears, figs, plums
In some countries there are initiatives from local producers who deliver baskets of seasonal vegetables and fruits to your house every week. In the UK there is Abel & Cole for instance. In France the website Mon panier bio compiles all producers and associations of farmers that deliver their vegetables in France. All you have left to do is look up who you want to order your food from.