Every year more and more people are discovering the benefits and satisfaction of locally-grown food. The Milford Farmers’ Market open every Thursday afternoon in the Village, is a great way to purchase food here in the area and support our local community. You can talk to the farmers firsthand and find out how they grow their food. You can also find other farmers’ markets by going to http://www.localharvest.org If you’d like to actually visit a farm, the site lists farms in your zip code area. If you’ve ever thought about purchasing your food through a Community Supported Agriculture farm, the site gives a great introduction and things to consider before joining.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the burgeoning world of organic agriculture and would like to learn more about it or may be interested in learning how to grow your own organic fruits and vegetables. A couple of titles to check out here at the library include: The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide : What You Need to Know to Select and Cook the Best Food on the Market by Jeff Cox, Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe by Maria Rodale, Talking Dirt : the Dirt Diva’s Down-to-Earth Guide to Organic Gardening by Annie Spiegelman.
How about learning how to select and cook foods that are in season? Try experimenting with some recipes in Clean Food: a Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source with More than 200 Recipes for a Healthy and Sustainable You by Terry Walters or The Harvest Eating Cookbook : More Than 200 Recipes for Cooking with Seasonal Local Ingredients by Keith Snow. He also has a website. Visit at www.harvesteating.com. To learn when fruits and vegetables are in season here in Michigan, visit http://www.locavorenetwork.com The site also provides good information on how to become an educated locavore.