The Five Sources Guide to buying local.
The Five Sources is a guide and quick reference connection to the freshest, locally grown and locally processed food in your area for those that care not to buy GMO contaminated foods.
1. Go to Your Local Farmer’s Market
Is there a better place to get to know your local farmers? Not only can you purchase fresh produce and products, but you can talk to the people actually growing the food. Asking questions and getting answers right from the source is such a pleasure for those who are selective about the quality of their food source. This personal interaction allows you to make educated decisions about your food purchases.
To find a local Farmer’s Market, the website, localharvest.org will help you find Farmer’s Markets plus community-supported agriculture, (CSA’s) farms, restaurants, and more.
2. Use Farm Plate
Farmplate.com is a website that connects you to farmers, restaurants, and food in your area that fit your needs. You can search for ingredients or more for more specific specialty items like bakeries, butchers, and cheese-makers.
3. Eat Wild
Eatwild.com is an impressive website that links the user to the best places to discovery pastured meats, dairy products, and eggs in your town! To navigate this site is so simple: Simply pick the state you reside in, from there, a list gets populated regarding where to purchase pastured food nearby.
4. Get your Raw Milk
Beyond solid foods, some websites offer raw milk dairy products. Similar to Farmplate, this website shows you where to buy raw milk in your state. (please keep in mind that raw milk is illegal in some states) However, this is a great resource to keep in the back of your mind if you are visiting non stste resident family and friends or if you move to a new location.
5. The Eat Well Guide
At eatwellguide.org you can locate high quality, sustainable, organic and local real food in your neck of the woods. The great thing about this site is it will direct you to outstanding local food stores with the products you are specifically looking for. This is something most other sites do not offer and it is fundamental portion uncovering a pattern with your real food resources.