I make shopping LOCAL a priority.
I will confess, most people aren’t like me. I go out of my way to get our local food directly from the farmer over the winter time. I will say that there are times that our busy schedules don’t allow for this, but I do my best to make it a priority for our family. I enjoy it! Plus, my children come along, and that motivates me even more! I love my fresh, local veggies, eggs, raw cheese and raw milk. I make raw milk yogurt every weekend! This a wonderful way to get in your fermented foods and probiotics!
There are easier ways to buy local food, and I am excited to share them with you.
How and where can you buy local food?
Wilmington, Hockessin, and Newark, Delaware:
- Harvest Market Natural Foods, Hockessin, DE
- Delaware Local Food Exchange, Elsmere, DE
- Highland Orchards, N. Wilmington, DE
- Newark Natural Foods, Newark, DE
Karen, the owner of DE Local Food Exchange, is moving/expanding her store from Elsmere to Trolley Square and is in need of some assistance. Please donate if you can!
You don’t live in Delaware?
No worries! Check out Local Harvest. You can find local shops, farmers markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in your area.
Still too busy to go and shop?
Try Door-to-Door Organics: “Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and Good Food groceries right to your doorstep.”
Why buy LOCAL?
“Most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, and is shipped for an average of 1500 miles before being sold. And this is when taking into account only US grown products! Those distances are substantially longer when we take into consideration produce imported from Mexico, Asia, Canada, South America, and other places.” (DE Local Food Exchange)
- It is full of flavor.
- You are eating seasonally.
- It has more nutrients.
- Supports the local economy.
- Benefits the environment.
- Promotes a safer food supply.
- Local growers can tell you how the food was grown.
- Teaches your children how to shop and eat local foods.
- You get to know everyone, and even develop friendships.
Interested or curious about raw milk?
Each state has their own raw milk regulations. This is the law in Delaware:
Raw milk sales are illegal. The state has adopted the 2001 version of the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance in its entirety. Update, Spring 2006: Richard Swartzenterber, owner of a successful organic farm in Newark, Delaware, is working with a state senator and the Department of Agriculture to reinstate on-farm raw milk sales in Delaware.
Try something new this week. GO LOCAL.
Don’t forget to keep the conversation going in the comments section.
Please share your favorite local farmers, stores and experiences.