Eat Local: A New Year’s Resolution

A new year means new resolutions. Maybe you’d like to lose some weight, improve your health or do your part to improve the environment. If so eating locally sourced food is a great option. Due to the growth of the local foods market, it’s not just a trend, it’s a movement that has so many benefits that it just makes sense.

Locally sourced foods are fresher, healthier, taste better, and reduces the environmental impact produced from transporting foods over long distances. Local food can include fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy that are sourced from within a certain geographical area. Locally sourced foods can be obtained direct from farms, farmers’ markets, certain grocery stores, or even your own garden.

That being said, eating locally does have its challenges. Getting great quality food sometimes comes at a price that’s not budget friendly. In addition, locavores may be limited to foods that are in season only and therefore limited on the recipes that can be prepared.

But don’t let that stop you. In 2018, finding recipes and sources of local foods is easier than ever. Take a look at these sources to get your new year’s resolution jump-started.

America, Farm to Table

Chef Mario Batali travels all over the United States to present the best recipes made with high quality products and produce with an emphasis on the American farmers that make locally sourced food possible.

In Season

New York Magazine produces this epic collection of 150 recipes, inspired by seasonal farmers' market ingredients and created by some of the best chefs in America. 

Cooking From the Farmers' Market

Published by Williams-Sonoma, this cookbook features over 245 recipes emphasizing farm to table cooking. This is a staple for anyone interesting in truly learning how to eat locally, with its convenient, easy to follow layout and beautiful photographs. 

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