My new year’s resolution, becoming a Locavore, will be my biggest and most rewarding challenge for 2009.
A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food, with the argument that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and nonrenewable resources.(1)
5 Ways I plan to keep my Resolution:
1. Purchase from a Farmer’s Market – I used local harvest to determine the farmer’s markets in my area. Audubon Park Community Market occurs every Wednesday evening from 4 – 9 p.m. and is 20 minutes from my house. I have added this task to my calendar for the entire year of 2009.
2. Menu Planning – I will have to revise my family’s menu plan to include what is in season and I have found a resource for guidance. Recipes will need to be added to the menu planning process. No more processed or convenience foods. I use Weight1Minute software for menu planning, recipes, and grocery lists.
3. Plant an Edible Garden – Plans are in development for a vegetable garden in my backyard. Considering I have no experience in planting and maintaining a garden, I will have to gain knowledge about how to plant a garden.
The adventure begins with finding a local winery that produces wine from the Muscadine grape. Studies conducted by the National Cancer Institute, the University of Florida and the Nutraceutical Research Laboratories at the University of Georgia found that the Muscadine grape has one of the highest antioxidant levels among fruits. Antioxidants play a key role in maintaining a healthy immune system. Their findings also showed the Muscadine holds anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol while raising good (HDL) cholesterol, and inhibit the growth of prostate and breast cancer cells.(2)
What is your New Year’s Resolution and how do you plan to keep it?