Not sure what these are, but I saw them while I was walking along the river the other day and thought they looked cool.What with the holidays and whatnot I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, but I have been keeping localtarianism in my thoughts, and in some of my actions, nonetheless. I'm going to try to update this blog more often, hopefully at least once a week, as the year progresses. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by so far, and thanks for the comments. Keep them coming! Reading your reactions and thoughts gives me encouragement to keep going, and gives me more to "food" for thought. :)
Since deciding on this course of action, I've been working on setting up some guidelines for myself. I am just not disciplined enough to try the "100 mile diet" which Ellen mentioned, and I don't want to overwhelm myself with demands that will probably just lead to me not doing anything at all. But I also don't want to just forget it either. So, I search for a happy medium.
One thing I have decided on is that since I live in Washington, I will focus on buying Washington state produce, but I am willing to buy Northwest produce (Washington, Oregon and Idaho), and I will even buy from as far as California. California produce will be mostly in the form of citrus and the occasional avocado. Better, in terms of amount of petroleum used for transport, than from Florida or Chile, right? And I'll try to keep things seasonal as much as possible. (These berries I see in the grocery store right now just ain't right!) And I will buy organic whenever it's a viable option.
See, if I was being really, really strict, I would never see an orange or an avocado again, and I just don't see myself doing that. I have pretty much given up bananas, and other tropical fruits, though. Key word here - tropical. I will probably still allow them once in a great while, because I do love tropical fruit. Especially mangos.
Today I picked up several container gardening books at the library. I've never been all that great with plants, so I haven't even tried to make my own garden in quite a while, but maybe I can make it work this time, since I have this great cause behind it. I'm going to try to grow tomatoes and some herbs at the very least. Any gardening tips would be greatly appreciated!
So far I've had no trouble locating organic and local dairy products, and organic, local free-range chicken and eggs too. They cost a little more, but the quality is definitely worth it. I also found flour from a local, organic, cooperative mill. I'm having trouble finding beef that's clearly marked as local and pasture raised and all that. We don't eat a lot of beef, but when we do, I'd like to be able to know those things about it.
I've started researching some of our local farm and CSA (community sustainable agriculture) options. I'll report more on those as I know more.