Eating Local

Farmer's Market in Kansas City MO

In 2010, I resolved to become a vegetarian. I just stopped eating meat on a regular basis. It was that simple!

This year, one of my resolutions was to eat local. As we near the end of January, I’ve realized that I haven’t made any progress on that goal.

Granted, I’ve always made a point to eat at locally owned restaurants, but I could do better in the grocery department. I buy bread from Oklahoma City’s Big Sky Bread company, and I buy specialty groceries at a nearby health food store. The rest comes from Target.

But how do I buy locally grown produce in the winter? Is there any to be found? How do you eat locally in Oklahoma, or in general? I love the idea of community-supported agriculture (CSA), but I’m just one person! I love farmers’ markets, and Oklahoma has nice farmers’ markets, but they’ve got nothing on Pike’s Market in Seattle, Boulder’s Farmers’ Market, or City Market in Kansas City. Our markets are only open once or twice a week and the nearest farmers’ market shuts down in October.

I think the root of my problem is that I haven’t found more convenient (and affordable) ways to buy local produce.

Please, I’d love to hear your input on eating locally. Help!

Comments

  1. says

    It really is pretty difficult in Oklahoma, even the ‘local’ places like Native Roots and Forward Foods don’t carry all local. There is a co-op in Edmond I use occasionally, but I don’t know if it’s still running this month or not. Good luck with your goal!

    • says

      Thanks for the good wishes! I picked up some groceries at Native Roots yesterday, actually. I may have to wait until spring for local produce. We’ll see!

  2. says

    when I was living in Indiana, I found this incredibly difficult as well. One thing in the future, something I am totally hype about but haven’t gotten the nerve to do yet, is to try canning all the beautiful produce you can get at the farmer’s markets at other times of the year… just an idea.

  3. tracy says

    The Oklahoma Food Co-op is great. They deliver to Norman (the Unitarian church) on the third Thursday of the month. It is interesting how conventional grocery stores have distorted the reality that is nature for us. Not much grows in winter, yet we still think we should be able to buy tomatoes year round. Herm.

    Winter veggie tip that requires summer foresight – Squash, corn, and beans can all be stored through winter, and together the three make a complete protein. The Native Americans call this trio, The Three Sisters. I loves me some local squash…

    • says

      Mmm, I love squash, too! I’m going to check into the Oklahoma Food Co-op. It sounds like what I’ve been looking for!

      You’re so right about the grocery stores. I’m really trying to learn what’s in season, and when. I grew up eating grocery store fruit, so it’s a new way of thinking. :)

  4. says

    Agreed. It feels easier, somehow, to eat locally in the summer when the farmers’ markets are in abundance here in OKC.

    I love Big Sky. They’re so yummy.

    Random, but semi-related: have you eaten at Ludivine yet?

  5. Serina says

    I don’t know about Oklahoma, but where I live there are little informal clubs that join together to buy things in bulk and then split the goodies, and the cost. So find a group of 4 other people (or however many makes sense) find a good CSA and split it!!! You can do this with all sorts of things that are more economical to buy in bulk. Good luck!

  6. says

    I, too, think it’s difficult to find much locally grown produce in much of the US during winter. It’s just not possible to grow, unless you’re near a farmer with greenhouse capabilities, which often isn’t the case. Even in south Texas, where it’s arguably warmer than 95% of the country, there’s little to be had. One way to get around this is to plan ahead and preserve local ingredients when they’re in season. So as the warmer months come around, you can can tomatoes, jams, beans, pickles, giardineira, etc. I even came across a squash chutney recipe this morning that’d be great with autumn/winter squashes! Hope that helps.

    *Heather*

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