Here’s how to begin your local food journey without feeling overwhelmed.
As I have mentioned, sometimes produce raised without pesticides isn’t pretty. Don’t be shocked if you occasionally find bugs — yes, bugs — in local produce. Got your first pound of grass-fed beef? It tastes a little different from grain-fed beef, and it needs to be cooked more gently. Farm-fresh eggs may come in different colors (blues, greens and browns) because egg color depends on the breed of chicken. Other thoughts for the uninitiated: Farms smell farm-y. Gardens are dirty. Cooking a meal from scratch takes more time than heating up a Lean Cuisine frozen dinner. An organic carrot is more expensive than a regular one. It’s not always easy or comfortable to pipe up and ask questions about what the bleep is in your food. But take a look at your child’s face, your waistline, or a gorgeous stretch of healthy farmland and tell me it’s not worth it.