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Add a Little Local to Your Grocery Shopping

I'm a big fan of the buy local and local food movements. Buying local food, goods, services, and entertainment from local people helps develop your community character and strengthens your economy. It also protects your community from despair if Walmart leaves after all the other neglected businesses shut down.

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Go Localish

But like everything in Cook for Good land, you don't have to do it all or all at once. Just being localish can make a big difference.

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How to choose the best carrots for flavor, health, cost, and time

Investing a few minutes in considering what you want from a regular purchase such as carrots can pay off big in the long run. You can enjoy meals more, live healthier on a healthier planet, and save money. You can even save time, but that may involve a cost. You really can't go wrong. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients that keep your skin glowing, eyes sharp, your immune system strong, and reduce your risk of cancer and leukemia.

local carrots with carrot tops and funny shapes

Carrot Prices (Chart)

I was surprised to find that carrot prices range from 49 cents a pound to four dollars a pound. Yet even the most expensive carrots ...

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New Report: Best Supermarkets for Local and Organic Food

Home shoppers can learn much from the new report Many Miles to Go: Locally Grown Organics in North Carolina Supermarkets, even though it is aimed squarely at grocery executives. Do supermarkets agree on the meanings of "local" or "regional"? Which grocery chains truly support local food, which use greenwashing, and which frankly don't care? What's going on behind the scenes, from planning to supporting local farmers? Although the study took place in NC, many chains covered operate throughout the South East or nationally. The report by the non-profit watchdog Local Organic Y'All reveals that:

The food retailers themselves have a ways to go if they are to meet growing customer demand for organic and sustainably-grown food that is produced locally or even regionally. Today, with a few exceptions, company performance does not match the marketing.

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Financing Our Foodshed: Slow Money to the Rescue!

Carol Peppe Hewitt gets down to brass tacks in her inspiring new book, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money. Let's not wait for the banks and the Big Dogs to revive the economy. Let's do it ourselves, by investing at least a slice of our money in our local farms, food processors, and restaurants.

Carol Peppe Hewitt cofounder of Slow Money NC raising money for the local foodshed with pots by her husband potter Mark Hewitt

Carol is supremely full of energy and good ideas. As the cofounder of Slow Money NC, she connects people with money to those who need it. It's business, and as serious as it needs to be, but also loads of fun. As she writes,

Some walk the walk, some talk the talk. We meet and eat.

In the photo above, she's helping with ...

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Make much of little for personal delight and a better world

Do you feel an urge to improve your life every spring, to contribute to the great cycles on our planet as the blossoms unfurl around you and the birds build fresh nests?

I do. This year, I'm vowing to walk more often and to more interesting places, to plant a more productive vegetable garden, and to have more people over to share meals. And of course, I want to spread the Wildly Affordable Organic way: save money, eat well, and make a difference.

Putting together five blog posts for next week made me feel pretty good about the WAO journey so far. The posts are on five key containers that mark a WAO home: an ice pack for transporting produce in warm weather, a produce-spray spritzer, a broth jar, a stoup container, and a bucket to collect scraps to compost.

If you are using any of these containers, give yourself a hug for me. Give yourself another hug if ...

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