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Going local only....

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 31, 2009, 9:14 AM


My parents both have Type II Diabetes, I have gained too much weight since I had to stop riding and Amber has all kinds of food/digestive issues including Gastroparesis. We are going to go the local only route to help change our diets, eat healthier foods by eliminating all processed foods and help support our local farmers, as well as the community.

The idea is to stay away from anything we cannot physically go to the source within 150 miles of this house. Somethings will still not be on that list just yet and I will have to start creating a lot of our own food, like peanut butter, if I can find locally grown peanuts :). If we only buy things within that radius, then we will not be getting nothing but junk food or processed meats all the damn time.

We live on the edge of what most of you would call the country, so finding farm fresh items will not really be that hard. What is going to be hard is to stick to it, simply due to the difficulty of buying, baking, cooking almost everything when you can just walk into your local mega mart and buy it all in a nice little sodium laced, chemical ridden package.

We have several Farmers Markets in the area, a great but bit expensive 'country' store right up the road and they grow a LOT of local fruit - Eckert's (they have a Facebook page as well). They have a section of 'locally grown' fruits and vegetables from the surrounding farms, as well as their own produce. Plus they are building a new store that will house lots more local product, should be open by July they are saying.

After doing some reading I found out they call this being a 'locavore', not that I really give a rats behind. We have managed to cut our landfill trash by about 65%, finding more places to recycle more items and having Belleville add ALL plastic to their recycling pickup has been a big help. We used to put the trash can out every single week, now it sits for a few weeks till it has to be emptied.

This is going to take a lot of work and maybe more money, but I think the pay off will be well worth the effort.


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colt51 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
All the best. :party: :iconnewyearplz: :party:
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gokuyert Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
its certainly more money most of the time sir, but its worth it
dont bypass whole food entirely, at minimum you can buy your meats their, all organic

trader joes is also a good place to get a few good cheap options
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krash Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
We have no Whole Foods here yet :( even so they won't be carrying local meat like one of our own local butchers, lots of really good ones in this German settled area of the country.
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gokuyert Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
you sure? I thought whole foods carried local meats
closest one to you guys I can think of though is probably the one off brentwood and 40
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krash Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
yeah a bit of a drive though, but I will have to go check it out.
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gokuyert Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
think huge all organic dierbergs or something
but with way more awesome staff
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GildedTiger Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
That's the most beautiful thing I've read all day!

Congrats on the decision!

My girlfriend and I have begun a similar transition, and man... it's great! The people you meet at the markets are often wonderful, and the food tastes so much better. You're in for a treat. :)
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krash Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
OMG does the food taste better. We made some locally produced Applewurst and it was melt in your mouth heaven.
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GildedTiger Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Nomnomnomnom...
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