The New Year is an exciting opportunity to change and grow–many of us begin thinking of new ways to improve our health and lifestyle. Ultimately, taking better care of ourselves and our community makes us feel happier and healthier–and isn’t that what it’s all about?!
Buying local is a great way to jump start a resolution of health. Keeping your dollars local has a direct impact on your community, and food raised and produced close to home is fresher and offers better nutrition than the alternative conventional fare.
Here are a few ways to easily keep it local, even in the dead of winter!
1.) Support your local coop at the Lake to River Online Marketplace
We have such talented farmers ’round these parts! Plenty of winter veggies to be found, especially from the fabulous certified organic Birdsong Farm, along with delicious cheeses, eggs, freshly pressed cider and apples, jams, all the meats you could imagine, soups, sweet treats galore…plenty of groceries for your household!
Don’t underestimate the power of your local coop in making buying local easy and affordable!
2.) Enjoy a farm to table dinner at the wonderful Magic Tree Pub & Eatery!
Our friends at the Magic Tree are the real deal: they support our local producers year round with fantastic farm to table offerings. Check out an exclusive and delicious meal tomorrow, January 2–a great way to kick off your culinary new year!
Apologies to the brave souls resolving to give up caffeine in 2016, but we mortals can feel good about our buzz by enjoying locally roasted coffee from excellent local proprietors. Both Friends Specialty (Youngstown) and Stone Fruit Coffee (Canfield) are good friends of the 30 Mile Meal and source local as often as possible.
As an added bonus, Friend’s Specialty brings us outstanding local lunch fare at their Garden Cafe at the Rose Gardens in Mill Creek Park, beautiful in every season.
4.) Love the local retail experience?
Enjoy shopping for many locally-produced goods at White House Fruit Farm, fun for the whole family. The Valley Marketplace (Boardman) also offers an all-local shopping experience with wares produced exclusively by our Amish friends in the Shenango Valley.
5.) Start saving up and researching local CSAs
Commit to support local agriculture at the height of this coming season by planning to invest in your local farm through a CSA (community supported agriculture) share. By “buying in” to the farm at the beginning of the season, you help get your farmer started and your dividends are delicious, freshly-picked food! Check back often over the next few weeks as we update our 30 Mile Meal Map with lots of resources and farms to choose from. A CSA membership is worth its weight in gold, and you’ll get more food for your dollar that you will anywhere else!