|strawberry rhubarb leather, strawberries and rhubarb|
I've been making more effort to simplify my life. This summer, I'm really focusing on simplifying my food. What could be simpler than harvesting it myself? I'm blessed to have a wonderful farming community just half an hour from my home and my plan is to spend my mid-week day off each week harvesting some of whatever is available! If you aren't into the fun of picking the food yourself (or are short on time), check out your local Farmers' Markets!
|strawberry rhubarb cobbler - yum!|
The money we spend at local farms will go directly to the farmers without large portions being taken by the grocery chain, the shippers, the packers, etc. and the money stays in our own communities, supporting our friends and neighbors. =)
You won't even necessarily have to give up buying organic produce when you shop locally! In a perfect world, all farms would all use organic practices, but we don't live in a perfect world. Darn it. There are many smaller farms that use organic processes but aren't certified organic however so their produce won't be labeled as organic. Don't be afraid to ask! You might be very pleasantly surprised.
We vote with our dollars every time we make a purchase. How are you voting?