Easy ways anyone can Go (more) Local
Prepare your foods at home more often.
Forget about bottled water, filter the water that comes out of your tap, from your most local fresh water source.
Make your own non-dairy milk. Even if the almonds or rice are sourced from afar, the water (the bulk of the "milk") didn't travel from California.
Buy dried beans instead of canned. Consider getting a pressure cooker to prepare them fast.
Preserve the local summer bounty by canning, dehydrating and freezing.
Just make a point of knowing where everything in your kitchen came from. You might keep a running tally, and set goals for yourself to keep the highest count on local.
Host local potlucks, or 100 percent local celebrations (like summer picnics and barbeques, Thanksgiving).
Quit your coffee and/or chocolate addiction. When fresh herbs are ready to harvest, make some healing tea blends.
Ask your local grocers to stock more local foods.
Encourage you favourite local restaurants to follow the lead of Candle 79 in Manhattan and other restaurants that highlight local produce, and local farms, on their menu.
Make a habit of shopping at your farmer’s market every week.
If you buy bread, find delicious artisanal loaves from local small-scale bakers instead of buying the factory made stuff or frozen specialty breads that come from afar.
Seek out local vineyards, especially organic ones. Wines, ciders, beers, hard liquors…
Eat foods from afar when they’re in season in the closest possible place.
Use foods from afar as treats instead of daily staples.
So how about you? What are you doing to make food more local for you?