Eat Local and Be Green

Picture of summer vegetables

Local means fresh!

Eating locally has become a new trend within the green movement, taking it’s queue from the organic food movement.  With sustainable agriculture, local food integrates production, processing, distribution, and consumption on a small scale, creating sustainable local economies and a stronger connection between farm and table.

Arlington MA has a great Farmer’s Market on Wednesday afternoons, from June through October.  Belmont has another good one on Thursday afternoons, also from June through October, while Cambridge has multiple markets on various days from June through November.  You can easily find a listing of local farmer’s markets in the Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville MA areas online.

In addition to attending farmer’s markets and purchasing local produce, you can also help grow your own – saving you even more money and travel time.  Arlington MA has a program called the CSA Farm Share (community-supported agriculture), wherein you partner with a local farmer to, in effect, grow your own produce.  You select the farmer you want to work with, the amount of land you want to share, the dollar amount you’re willing to pay, and then reap the fruits of their labor during the growing season!

To promote the concept, there is an upcoming CSA Farm Share Fair in Arlington MA on February 25, 2010.  The venue is the Park Avenue Congregational Church in Arlington Heights, 50 Paul Revere Road, and it begins at 6pm.  There will be at least 15 different farms represented, along with a local honey bee farmer, and a local fishery. For more information on the Fair, visit the Arlington MA CSA Share Fair web site.
This is a great way to share in the bounties of the local farming economies.  Since the food doesn’t travel far and fewer resources are devoted to transportation and middleman expenses, you can save money, eat local, and be green all at the same time!

Bon appetit!

-TMC

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3 responses to this post.

  1. And, as the caption on your photo says, it’s so much more fresh. The vitamin content of vegetables degrade with extensive travel, refrigeration and storage so by participating in a CSA, it really contributes to personal health as well!

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  2. Hi Tim,

    great post about the many benefits of eating locally. I grew up just north of you and was friends with a hot dog skier out of Crotched Mountain, NH. She went on to be a big advocate for building green homes and providing self-sustainable local resources. If you have a chance take a look at her work at http://www.alisongannett.com. She has done some very exciting things!

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    • Hi Evergreen!

      Thanks for taking the time and effort to send me that info! I truly appreciate it.

      It’s such a small world, I’m not surprised to meet someone else from NH these days. I would also like to say thank you for sending me the linik to Alison’s web site. I checked out some of it and it’s all pretty interesting. I’ll be sure to have her listed as one of my eco-friendly partners.

      Take care and thanks for reading!

      -Tim

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