What is a Locavore?
Locavore, chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the word of the year for 2007, means someone who chooses to eat foods grown within a 100-mile radius of where he or she lives. While eating a diet consisting entirely of locally grown foods may not be feasible for everyone, there are simple ways to increase the amount of local foods we eat, and reap the benefits of buying locally. Two of the best sources of locally grown foods are buy local programs such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and farmers markets. The benefits of buy local programs and farmers markets include both health and environmental advantages.
Farmers markets are often held several times a week during the spring, summer, and fall, and offer a multitude of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other local products such as nuts, honey, jams, jellies, breads, and flowers grown by local farmers.
Buy local programs such as CSA are an affordable and convenient way for consumers to enjoy a varied selection of fresh produce on a regular basis, while supporting local farmers and growers.