I had the distinct honor of meeting, Elaine Marshall, the North Carolina Secretary of State, at a Power Lunch this week. Secretary Marshall spoke about many interesting topics. I really enjoyed hearing about her life, her stepping stones (not stumbling blocks), her love of cooking and her thoughts about powerful women. Knowing her education and background, it is easy for one to feel a little intimidated, but what I loved about her was the same quality I found in my husband, Mike. No matter how gifted she is, in her eyes, everyone has their own individual strengths and talents and she was both encouraging and thoughtful.
Discussed during the lunch was the impact women have on their communities, states and country. We’ve all heard the numerous jokes about wives and wallets, but when really think about it, women hold great power. I often speak to groups about choosing whole foods and local ingredients to feed their families. I often hear that it is simply too expensive and yet we all know about supply and demand. If we were all to buy locally homegrown products in season the cost would be significantly less and larger companies would have to make big changes. We’ve already seen this. Many large grocery stores are hearing our plea and have made some changes.
Those who prefer to eat locally grown/produced food are sometimes referred to locavores or localvores. Why be a locavore? The majority of mass-market produce is bred for appearance, disease-resistance and shelf-life over flavor, so most people never know what homegrown locally produced food is like and boy are they missing out!
Here are just a few reasons why buying from farm to table works:
- The flavor in locally grown food is amazing.
- Buying local reduces the distance a food item travels from the farm to your table
- Find in-season, local produce and other goods at nearby grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, or through a community-supported agriculture program (CSA).