A relatively new word that was added to the Oxford Dictionary just a few years ago. Refers to some one who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius. Sometimes called the 100 mile club or for us Aussies it’s a 160km club (but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it does it.)
Encouraging people to either eat from food they have produced themselves, from farmers markets or within the radius. Locally grown food cuts down on food miles, encourages people to eat healthier, and sustains smaller independent growers that could possibly be bought out by bigger corporations. Eating fresher and seasonally are just added bonuses to eating as a locavore.
I was starting to think maybe we should challenge ourselves and see if we can eat solely as locavores for a week. I was all enthusiastic about it, and then I had a reality check. We live in Sydney, far from the wheat belt of NSW, and I’m not so sure I can convince the monkeys that they don’t really need to eat that toast, porridge, weetbix for breakfast. Or be missing out on any pasta and rice for dinner, (I think they are the only kids on the planet that don’t like potatoes.)
To be a true locavore, is it a lifestyle choice that is simply not accessable to everyday people due to budget constraints?
If I was a single person, I could easily eat as a locavore. However incorporating a budget, and two small children’s tastes, I’m not so sure. So what to do?
Try to find some locavore products that would replace our normal everyday groceries without blowing out purse strings. We already eat as seasonally, healthy, making as many things from scratch as possible. Also keeping in mind organic, locally made and fair trade options. Can I find even more alternatives that are within our locavore area?
What am I aiming for?….Locally grown
If I can’t get that….Family farmed.
If thats still tricky…..make it organic,
and if it simply can’t be organic….Make it fair trade.
First up. Lets see where 160km actually gets us. http://100milediet.org/get-started/map
Milk is a big thing in this household, a lot is consumed each week. I wasn’t sure I would be able to source some milk straight from the supplier, but then remembered I had seen a stall at the South Sydney Markets a while ago and decided to revisit.
Milk- bought from South Sydney Markets, each week on a Sunday. Supplier- Country Valley
At $5.00 for 2 litres, it is more expensive then your average supermarket milk. Taste wise though, milk isn’t just milk so I discovered. It was really creamy and tasted a lot different. It tasted fresher, more flavoursome, and sort of rolled around your mouth more. My husband agreed. The monkeys, they just drank it, as milk is milk after all for some.
This milk hasn’t had to be sent to another processor, so they can bottle and sell the milk from where they are located in Picton. On further reading through their website, I liked what I read and think that it would be good to support them. I also found that there were a lot more stockists about, carrying the milk. Which is great! I like milk options.
Especially locavore milk options.
Ahh I had no idea that the South sydney markets have that much cool produce. Thanks for letting me know about the milk and best of luck with the endeavour! 🙂
Thanks Lorraine. I first went to the south Sydney Markets when it originally opened, and liked it. This time round, not having gone for ages, I would have to say I was a little disappointed. Its decreased in size, and the food stalls are not so many- customers or stall holders lost interest?
Maybe the easiest way to be a “locavore” is to try and buy all your food from Australia? But even then that can be tricky – I know I couldn’t manage without good Italian cheeses or oyster sauce.
Agree completely with you on the milk – Orange Grove Markets has a stall run by Blue Moon, and their milk and cream products are to die for (though too expensive for us to buy on a regular basis).
We do already try and buy as Australian as possible, (with a few minor hiccups with the odd german marzipan!) I guess I just wanted to see if I could bring that ‘circle’ in even further.
I will look out for the Blue Moon milk. The Country Valley one really was delicious.