Eat Locally Grown Food
July 3, 2009
There are many benefits of eating local. First it is great for the farmer. The middlemen in the process from farm to grocery store can make more money than the farmers themselves. Plus, you can feel great about paying a fair price to whom the pay is due. Eating local food is a way to celebrate where you live and also to preserve its environment. Especially in Massachusetts, farmers are dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Many farms are enrolled in conservation programs that focus on reestablishing wetlands, maintaining forests, and monitoring streams and water supplies (check out Massachusetts Agriculture Preservation Restriction Program). Buying from local farms also supports polyculture, meaning agricultural land used for a wide variety of plants and animals and not just one like in industrial agriculture. This preserves biological diversity.
You can even eat local when you eat out. Check out these restaurants in the Boston area that buy their produce from local farms.
- Dave’s Fresh Pasta near Davis Square in Somerville (They sell fresh fish and local produce as well)
- Garden at the Cellar on Mass Ave in Cambridge
- Grasshopper on North Beacon St. in Allston
- Grezzo in the North End
- Harvest in Harvard Square
- Life Alive in downtown Lowell
- Tj’s Vegan House of Pizza on Cambridge Street in Allston
- Veggie Planet in Harvard Square
- Kick Ass Cupcakes in Davis Square (They sell local cheese, eggs, and milk as well)
- Sound Bites in Somerville
- True Grounds in Somerville
Visit farm stands and farmer’s markets when you can and go local in your kitchen too.