thinking, acting, and eating locally

365.179 ... 20090817MMy friend Shanna wrote a wonderful article on Food Resolutions for the New Year that definitely has me thinking. While the article is tailored to her community, it should be pretty easy for you to customize it, especially with this Farmer’s Market and CSA Locator from Local Harvest.

What am I thinking most about?

Joining a CSA. I know. I know. It’s a bit late and my most local CSA has already sold out of the plain veggie share for 2011, but I really wouldn’t be upset if my share included fresh eggs every week (it costs a little more but not a considerable amount). I haven’t joined one in the past because when I lived in NYC, I could visit a green market every day of the week if I wanted to. I still can, since I work part of the day in Manhattan, but it’s not as super easy for me as it once was since I work steps away from Grand Central.

Wait, wasn’t I planning on growing lots of stuff? I am, but I am also a realist. Properly maintaining a garden takes time. I have two businesses I’m trying really hard to grow this year. Adding in lots of vegetables would be nice but I don’t think it would be successful. I’d rather have oodles of awesome herbs and hopefully some tomatoes than feeling overwhelmed and burnt out from all spheres of my life. I also think that Margaret Roach’s article my seed-catalog shopping rules should be included with all seed catalog mailings. I think there would be many more happy gardeners and it might actually increase sales!

So here it is the 11th day of 2011 also known as 6th of Shevat. Why is that significant? The 15th of Shevat is known as Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees. So?

It is in preparation for this Tu B’Shevat that I ask:

What are you doing to think, act, and eat local this year?