- it supports local farmers/ranchers
- it cuts down on shipping which uses less fuel
- the foods are usually tasty and fresh
- it can help build a strong community
There are two aspects I struggle with:
- I don't want to support a product that is not quality. For instance, I tried some honey that was from a local bee-keeper and it was awful. It doesn't even melt in hot liquid, but balls up in a clump. So if I have to purchase honey from outside the state to get quality, I will!
- I am still struggling with the "eat produce in season" concept. I know it is a healthy route to take, but I don't know if I am ready to have limitations on what salad greens are available in the winter, etc. I think I might get tired of eating winter vegetables.
During the class, however, the instructor brought a tossed salad made from local fresh in-season greens, and it was delicious. So I am willing to check out the resources she provided, and do my best to find products I will be happy with. It will be like a scavenger hunt! And I hope to learn more about the people and community where we live.