The mantra of "eat local," isn’t just hipster folly — it's a critically important act of resistance against the corporate takeover of our diets, our bodies and our health. A dollar spent on local, sustainably grown food supports family-owned farms, reduces petrol dependency, can reduce the chemical contamination of your food and reinvests your money in the North Coast economy. Still, whether it’s fighting the convenience of living five minutes from Safeway or not finding cash in the budget for the farmer’s market, the challenge of eating local is real.
Enter The Local Food Guide
, an 80-page guide to purchasing and preparing locally grown fruits, veggies, grains and animal products in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties. The guide features seasonal crop charts, a map of U-pick farms, a list of available community supported agriculture farms (CSAs) and tips for eating local when dining out. There are maps by the Institute of Cartographic Design at Humboldt State University illustrating the region's farms, ranches and fisheries, as well as information on topics like GMO’s, climate change and eating locally on a budget.
The first regional food guide for our community, the guide is project of Locally Delicious
, a nonprofit “committed to equity and the economic and environmental sustainability of the local food system.” The group’s board members, playfully known as the Heirloom Tomatoes, have published two cookbooks about eating local and raised over $100,000 for our local food bank Food for People.
You can grab one of the 10,000 printed copies at the farmer’s market, North Coast Co-op, Eureka Natural Foods, Wildberries Market or your neighborhood coffee shop. Learn more at www.calfresh.ca.gov or drop by Food for People on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.