The freshest most nutritious food comes from your own backyard (you knew that was coming right?). It is as local and as fresh as you can get. (I highly encourage you to start a garden…you will not be sorry!)
But what if you are just starting out on your homestead journey, and you cannot grow or raise all that your family needs? Where can you fill in the gaps and find local farmers? Let’s talk about local food resources.
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First, word of mouth. Start asking around to your friends and family to see if they shop locally. You will be surprised at the list you will get and who is already buying from a farmer or at a farmers’ market.
If that leaves you at a dead end, search online. Here is a list of websites that have helped me throughout the years.
localharvest.org — This website has listings of farms, CSA farms, and farmers markets. Just type in your zip code or city and see all the local options. This is how I found my meat farmer.
eatwild.com — is another website that you can search by state for a listing of farms that sell pastured raised meat, eggs, and dairy. They also offer educational resources.
pickyourown.org — Type in your state and you will find pick your own farms listed by county in your state. It is so fun to go and pick strawberries or apples!! This site also has information on how to can the produce that you have gathered.
realmilk.com — a project of the Weston A. Price foundation this website has an abundance of information on raw dairy. You can also search by zip code to find a dairy farm near you so you can buy raw milk.
Benefits of buying local food
It tastes better!
When you go to the grocery store you can pretty much buy any fruits and vegetables year-round. The produce has traveled many miles to get to that store. Also, most of them are not in season either.
In season produce taste so much better! Strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes are the first ones that come to my mind. Strawberries picked when ripe are so sweet and full of flavor. It is amazing the difference.
Buying fresh in season food from local farmers will save you money. In season usually means abundance so you get a better price! Plus, you are buying directly from the producer which means there is no middleman price hike.
Build a community
The best part is being a part of and supporting your community! I love the farmers that I buy from. They are kind and hard-working families. It is a more pleasant experience than going to the store and the cashier barely grunts at you.
I hope that gives you a great start to finding local fresh REAL food that will nourish your family’s bodies!