Anyone who has read my blog knows I don’t spend money. I even had a recent post titled Miss Minimalist. I’m not always so tight though. There are some things I think are worth the money. One of them is food. I don’t hesitate to spend money on high quality local foods that nourish my family. I buy my grass-fed meat from local farmers. I either grow or buy fruits, vegetables and eggs from farmers at the local farmers market. I buy real cream for my coffee and cheeses at the farmers market, from a vendor who sells products from a local dairy. If I can’t find something from a local grower, then I will head to the grocery store and buy high quality, coffee, oils, avocados, dried beans and wine. Here’s why:
I care about how the products I eat and feed my family are produced. I want to have a relationship with the farmer who grows or sells the food, so I can ask how it was raised. I want meat products that come from animals raised humanely in their natural environment. I want vegetables that are grown without pesticides, even if they have a few holes and are not perfect. I want milk products that are from grass fed cows and goats. This is important to me, not only from an ethical perspective, but also simply because food produced this way is healthier. There is no way to speak to the person growing the food for sale in the grocery store. I make the assumption that most of it is processed or raised in a way that I probably won’t agree with. It is worth it to me, to spend a little more, to buy food I know really nourishes my family.
Additionally, all these fresh local products absolutely taste better! You can’t compare a fresh picked tomato to a cardboard grocery store tomato. You can’t compare the taste of fresh eggs from happy hens raised on the pasture, to any other type of eggs. Fresh cream and cheeses are amazing. I do not understand why anyone would buy sliced fake cheese, when there are so many beautiful cheeses that are unbeatable. If you care about the quality of your ingredients, then buying local is the way to go, even if it costs a little more.
One of the best reasons I don’t hesitate to spend money on good food is that it is healthy and fits my nutritional stance. Good health is priceless, and well worth the investment. Fruits and vegetables raised by local farmers are the least likely to have pesticides on them. They also are the freshest, and still contain most of the nutrients they had when they were picked just a day or two before I buy them. I can also find yummy and healthy colorful vegetables, that are loaded with phytonutrients, and simply are not available in grocery stores, such as rainbow colored carrots, green and orange cauliflower, or purple broccoli. Not only that, meats and milk from animals raised on pasture have a better fat profile than those from confined animals and are higher in omega 3’s. All in all, I believe that eating local real food is a much healthier choice than anything I can buy in the grocery store, regardless of how it is labeled.
Invest in yourself and your family by eating well. Fresh local foods are a key part of our community, health, and well being.
Eat your local veggies!