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Buy Locally: It’s Good For Your Health

beth May 2, 2013
Buy Locally: It's Good For Your HealthImage by kevin dooley

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! 

Farms

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).

Farmers Markets

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!

Honey

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.

Wildcrafting

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.

Other Resources

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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  1. None 🙁 I feel like those of us in suburbia have to jump through so many hoops and pay out the wazoo to buy “local”. Farmers markets aren’t open during the week and most are very seasonal, their limited hours and our work/family schedules just don’t fit together. I researched some farms (the “local” farms here are at least an hour away) online and unfortunately they have have priced themselves out of my budget. I just can’t afford $3-4 for a dozen eggs, $6+ per pound for ground beef, $15+ per pound for steak, $10 for a chicken… no matter how good it is. One of our local grocery chains carries seasonal local produce, but the prices are almost always higher than the non-local stuff. So frustrating!! I do try to support local businesses when I can, it is just so financially challenging right now and having to drive all over the metro area to get 2 things here and 4 things there makes me crazy, plus wastes gas and time 🙁 It SHOULD be easier and less expensive to buy local, but it isn’t!

    • Hi Pam,
      Those prices sound pretty good compared to what we pay where I live. 🙂 But I totally understand trying to work things like that in a budget. Sometimes you just have to do a little at a time. For you meat your might try checking with your local butcher. They might know where/or be able to get your good quality meat at a more reasonable price for you. Farmers markets usually vary every weekend – some prices can be better than others. Often prices get lower as the morning goes on. I almost ALWAYS can find something cheaper at a farmers market than a grocery store (your cutting out the middle man).

      Sometimes you just have to shop around in your area until you can find the best deals. You might also try checking with some groups your in (moms, church, ect) and seeing if any of the people there have good suggestions. Your right though, it should be easier!

      • I have checked around with coworkers, school moms and neighbors to see what they do, and, well, I either get looked at like I have 4 heads (i.e. what’s wrong with the stuff at WalMart?) or for some, money is no object and they just go buy whatever, no matter the cost. Which is exactly why I follow these blogs 🙂 One friend used to do a produce co-op but she found that so much of the food got wasted because she didn’t know what to do with it, how to cook it, family didn’t like it, etc. It was one where you never know what you are going to get until it’s picked up, so meal planning was a huge challenge, she was very disappointed so quit doing it. I keep searching and hoping…. thanks for the support!

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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