Local Harvest

March 23, 2011

For those new on the path to eating real food straight from the farmer, there is a great website called Local Harvest to help you along.

Moving all the way across the country, from Los Angeles to New Jersey, I had no idea where to shop, what was around or what was available. I knew New Jersey was nicknamed the Garden State, but I had no idea why. My impression of New Jersey was, I am sure, like most peoples. Dirty, smelly, congested. I was sure the label of the Garden State was something from years and years ago and did not reflect NJ now. I have been pleasantly surprised. It really is a beautiful state that has tons of preserved farm land and lots of greenery.

Since starting on my journey to buy more local food and support small farmers, I found the local harvest website. This site has been fantastic. It is very easy to navigate and find what you need. From the website:

The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Want to support this great web site? Shop in our catalog for things you can't find locally!
On the home page there is a place to enter your zip code. It will then bring up farms, CSAs, farmer's markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and meat processors in your area. This list includes descriptions, reviews, location and websites.

It will even tell you what produce may be available during which season.

 It you are having trouble finding local food sources, check out this website. It is a great resource.