Eating in Our Food Shed

Do you know what you eat? I mean, really know what the food you consume contains, where it was grown or produced and how? For most individuals, the answer is no. But isn’t that a bit unsettling? The nourishment that we provide for ourselves and our families is so essential to our survival, and most us haven’t a clue where it comes from. I’ve come across a couple of resources in the past few years that have made me think about where my food comes from. The first was a book I read a few years ago called Coming Home to Eat by Gary Paul Nabhan. The author spent a year eating foods within a 250 mile radius of his desert home. It allowed him to learn about what was native to the area, how it has traditionally been cultivated, foraged and prepared, and about the history and lifestyles of the Native Americans perpetuating those methods. In his book, Nabhan showed what was possible in terms of utilizing a local food shed—it doesn’t have to be a diet of deprivation. The second resource is one I’ve come across more recently—the 100 Mile Diet. This is an experiment by a Canadian couple of eating foods produced, obviously, within 100 miles of their home. Inspired by both of these experiments, I decided to research which food resources were available near my home. I can already get a standard array of fruits and vegetables every summer grown on farms local to my area at farmer’s markets, as well as some independent natural groceries and CSA programs. In addition, here are some resources local to the
Chicago area for other foodstuffs:

 

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And to locate food resources in your own community, check out the following:

 

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  1. i recently read the real food revival by sherri brooks vinton that talks about not only the benefit of organic food, but local food. it has recipes and she lists some sources (which may not be local to you). she also profiles farmers and gets their take on why they grow organic and their thoughts on farming in general. really good. šŸ™‚

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