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This month you will see a lot of post centered around taking advantage of your local sources. You’ve heard me carry on for a while now about how important it is to buy locally when we can. I love the fact that you can better your community and build relationships by buying from your local farmers market, farmer, or the mom down the block. However, did you realize that buying locally not only helps others – but yourself as well? It can even have a positive effect on your health!
Some of us might not have farms in the area – but for those that do it is a great source to utilize. By going on site you can find out things like if your berries are chemical free, if your beef is kept in good living conditions, what the cows that give you your dairy are consuming. Knowing these things gives you more control over what your consume. Not to mention many farms are great learning experiences for your whole family. Keep up with yours (many of ours are on Facebook) and find out if they plan any seasonal events. (We recently went on a farm day that included strawberry picking, wagon rides, educational walks with the animals, and other fun stuff).
Getting your products locally has so many benefits. The most important to me being the ability to know your farmer. By doing so you stand a better chance of being more certain of the practices being used. At my market we can also get free-range eggs, herbal remedies, handcrafted soaps,and a number of other products that are naturally made and hand crafted at reasonable prices!
I know you’ve heard this one before. Local raw honey has great health benefits! The most noted is for season allergies – but it is also great for acne, sleep issues, digestive problems, cuts, and so much more. Typically you can get raw honey from your local farmers markets or even local stores. Just make sure you read the label and know where it is coming from. Where I live I can drive by all sorts of places and see honey operations going full swing.
While not everyone has the knowledge to wild crafting it is certainly something you can learn! Many towns have classes, seminars, or qualified people ready to help. By using what is right there in front of us we can save money and expand our knowledge of our surroundings. You can also check with someone from your local agricultural department if you are unsure of the ID on a plant or herb.
Thanks to The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle I’ve done a lot of reading this week. With 97 books $140 free products for $29 the bookworm and homemaker in me just couldn’t pass it up. The Curative Kitchen by Susan Smith Jones, PhD has been a interesting resource in helping me better understand how to better utilize what I get from nature.
What Local Resources Do You Take Advantage Of?
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