Tips for Farm-to-Table Eating

Where and how to get fresh, local food

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Baskets of fresh fruit
Check out your local farmer's market for fresh fruits and vegetables. (Photo: Chelsea Grant)

With its short lag time between harvesting and eating, fresh, local food not only tastes amazing—it also packs more of a nutritional punch. Plus, eating local means supporting your local economy and reducing the environmental impact of food delivery. Here are some tips to help you eat delicious, local food all year long, no matter where you live:

  • Check out your local farmer’s market.
  • Sign up for a CSA (“CSA” stands for “community supported agriculture”). Just Food offers a CSA directory for New Yorkers; Local Harvest can help you find a CSA anywhere in the country.
  • Shop for local food online. Two sites we like: Farmigo, which lets you order locally produced food for delivery to convenient pick-up locations; and Foodzie, an online marketplace where you can buy directly from small food producers and growers.
  • If you’re in New York or Los Angeles, use the Clean Plates app to find nutrionist and food-critic approved restaurants that serve delicious, local, organic food.

Check out this slideshow of recipes and cooking tips from sustainable food visionaries nationwide to inspire your farm-to-table cooking.

What’s in season right now in your neck of the woods?