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Benefits of Shopping and Eating Local

A weekend of local shopping created a week's worth of yummy options. Here's a few big benefits of shopping and eating local.

By
Amanda Thomas,

This past weekend, I decided that I wanted a change from my normal trips to the big box grocery store. Over the past few years, I’ve found and bought from several local farms. I hadn’t been to any of them for a while, so I decided to check out what they had available for my weekly grocery list. I was thrilled to find that there were some great options for our weekly meals!

I first went to a local farm family who has a large garden that they sell items from once a week. Not only do they have great, pesticide-free fruits and veggies, and amazing canned preserves, but they also provide recipes of how to use the less known items, like okra and about 10 different types of squash. The selection of fresh items combined with the helpful, friendly suggestions made my produce shopping super easy.

After the farm, I ventured to a local dairy whose slogan is simple: “The freshest milk possible.”

They opened less than a year ago, but have received a lot of buzz in our area. They have the normal milk options (whole, 2%, 1%, skim, half and half, and heavy cream), and then they have the flavored milk section. This dairy carries milk in flavors like mocha, strawberry, and root beer. While seeing their fun flavors was great, the best part of my time there was seeing them make a batch of butter using just their heavy cream and a Kitchenaid mixer. Learning that I can make my own butter? Highlight of my month!

 

All in all, I am super pleased with the food I brought home. It was all very comparable to buying organic or name brand items from the grocery store, but I could literally see the land it came from. And an added bonus was that I didn’t get distracted by a cookie or any other packaged food aisles, and that makes me feel healthier. 

Do you shop and eat local? What are some of the benefits or challenges of doing so? Feel free to weigh in over on the Domestic CEO Facebook page.

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