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To what extent do you live locally? Do you buy produce from local farms, greengrocer's or butchers at all, or grow some of your own food? Does your community grow any food together which can be shared, or do you forage local wild areas for some of your food?
I love going to local farmers markets, my dad always had a garden so when I lived closer we always had yummy strawberries and fresh veggies from the garden. I would love to have my own garden but we really don't have a yard, when we move I will definitely have one.
Living locally has become a huge part of our lives. Here in the Pac Nor West, it is a way of life for those who are aware of the vast amount of stuff available to us if we just open our eyes. In our county we have a farmers market almost every day in the different cities. We have a TON of local breweries (we home brew our own beer so this is an important part of our lives), who also use local products to make their beer. We drink raw milk from a local farm in the county and we have tons of cheese options too. We have just learned how to catch squid and we started crabbing up here which has become a staple in our weekly meals. Not to mention it is completely satisfying to go to a friend's house party/bbq with a container full of batter fried squid that we caught that morning to share with friends (and it not even lasting 10 min. on the table, lol). We try to shop at local shops if we have the cash to do so and we just really love our community.
living local is very important to us, and the area we are in is amazing, we are considering retiring here because it has so much to offer.
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I really wish I could say that I participated in a lot of local stuff, but we really don't. We just moved here in March and I'm just now finding the resources and hearing about the local farmer co-ops and such. And I'm pretty sure we're moving in December/January cross country, so it's not like it's doing me much good now. We're also not allowed to grow any vegetables in our yard (base housing). Every time I try container gardening I kill it all, so I didn't bother this year with a toddler and being pregnant.
Basically we suck. lol. Though I really think it's important to utilize local resources first. I had 3 trips home this summer where I hit up local farmer stands and markets, contacted the local honey grower to get more of my crack honey (ha ha), got meat for family BBQs from the local butcher, etc. It was so nice.