Eating in '09

To followers of this blog or the Earth House, you may know that one of my personal projects is to adopt a local diet for the year. After taking a few weeks off for break - and indulging in some non-local things (i.e. fair trade, organic chocolate) - I'm back on the local diet for the spring semester. 

It's really not a "diet" at all, but a lifestyle change. I plan my week around the weekly farmers' market in Fairfield and/or trips to the local health food store. My world, in a sense, revolves around food, which is certainly not a a bad thing, but it does have some challenges. As a college student, it is definitely difficult to maintain a social life, a busy 
schedule and an already planet-based vegan diet. Add the local element, and it can be seen as impossible. (More about challenges in upcoming posts/articles.)

Yet, after more reading, a few new cookbooks and adapted recipes, eating local isn't difficult for "regular" eaters either. Although I think all people should be supporting their local food systems, I know it is not always feasible. But, for those individuals who want to try new eating habits in the new year that benefit both one's health and community, here are some of the most amazing foods you can integrate into your meals, as per a NY Times blog: beets, cabbage, swiss chard, cinnamon, pomegranate juice, dried plums, pumpkin seeds, sardines, tumeric, frozen blueberries, canned pumpkin.

Check out the blog: "The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating". Remember, not all of these items are local nor in season, so use your judgement. As you plan your diet for the next few weeks, months or even year, look for these foods and ways to preserve them so you can enjoy them during the winter months.

Go to Buy CT Grown to see a comprehensive list of what is and is not available during this time of year. Remember, support local farmers + growers!

* *Any other locavores out there? I'd love to hear from you, your experiences and/or any topics that are of interest to you, so don't hesitate to post a comment.**