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Locavores LOVE Eating Locally!

Updated on October 15, 2013

How would you feel eating only foods from within 100 miles of your home?

Coined by a Bay Area group, the term "locavore" refers to people who try to only eat food grown, processed and produced within a 100 mile radius of where they live.

Whether you call yourself a locavore or say that you are on the 100 Mile Diet, the concept of truly eating locally is starting to catch interest. Already gone organic but wish you could do more? You might want to give this concept a try! With just a few simple changes you can support local farmers and the economy near where you live, cut down on oil use and CO2 emissions, reduce the dominance of big agriculture and eat some really health and awesome food.

Learn More About Eating Locally - articles about locavorism and eating locally

Did you know that most food has to travel about 1,500 from production location to consumer? That's a lot of fuel consumed to move it and a fair amount of pollution along the way. Being a locavore can help lessen dependency on fossil fuels and cut down on that pollution. By supporting regional food production, many more varieties of fruits and vegetables are preserved and cultivated, which contributes towards saving the planet's biodiversity too.

Seasonal Eating

One tip for helping to become a locavore is to learn to eat seasonally. This means only eating food when it is fresh and in season, and giving it up for those times of the year when it's not locally available.

Joining a local CSA or organic vegetable service is a great way to start switching over to seasonal eating.

Locavore Books

Here are some great books from folks who've actually put the concept of eating locally to the test! There are some great stories here as well as a lot of very helpful advice for if you decide to make this a part of your lifestyle.

Join The Cow Pool!

If you want to have fresh milk and meat, consider buying into partial ownership of a cow at a local farm. This practice is called "cow pooling" and can also be done with pigs. Check to see if any organic farms in your area offer this great option.

Farmers' Markets - the best local eating

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Fresh crab, Seattle's Pike MarketThe Pike Market offers fresh, local produce and food year-roundThe Pacific Northwest has lots of local mushrooms!My neighborhood summer market has wood-fired pizza!The most amazing sausage choices I ever saw was at a farmers market in France.How 'bout them sweet potatoes?!Summer veggies at the market in Chartres, France.The Saturday market in Chartres, France has a wonder shade structure that is permanent.Summer produce in Chartres.Many apples varieties in Seattle's Pike Market
Fresh crab, Seattle's Pike Market
Fresh crab, Seattle's Pike Market
The Pike Market offers fresh, local produce and food year-round
The Pike Market offers fresh, local produce and food year-round
The Pacific Northwest has lots of local mushrooms!
The Pacific Northwest has lots of local mushrooms!
My neighborhood summer market has wood-fired pizza!
My neighborhood summer market has wood-fired pizza!
The most amazing sausage choices I ever saw was at a farmers market in France.
The most amazing sausage choices I ever saw was at a farmers market in France.
How 'bout them sweet potatoes?!
How 'bout them sweet potatoes?!
Summer veggies at the market in Chartres, France.
Summer veggies at the market in Chartres, France.
The Saturday market in Chartres, France has a wonder shade structure that is permanent.
The Saturday market in Chartres, France has a wonder shade structure that is permanent.
Summer produce in Chartres.
Summer produce in Chartres.
Many apples varieties in Seattle's Pike Market
Many apples varieties in Seattle's Pike Market

Local Eating Groups

These organizations and websites are working to promote local eating in their regional areas.

Please email me if you have a group in your area that I don't have listed here!

Start Your Own Garden!

Growing your own vegetables can be a rewarding and cost-effective way of getting local and organic produce. Learn more about container and backyard gardening.

Locavore is Word of the Year for 2007!

The Oxford University Press picked "locavore" as their Word of the Year for 2007!

Let's hear about your local eating efforts and resources! (all comments must be approved and will have HTML stripped out of them)

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      Rae Schwarz 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @Donna Cook: Thanks for sharing the great resource!

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! Luckily, there is a lot of ag near my home and local grocery stores feature Colorado grown foods. A great resource for local food is the Web site Pick Your Own.

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      bender2003 5 years ago

      I read something related about your lens: this was a religious saying belongs to Islam Prophet Muhammad (AS):

      " If you want to support your health when travelling to different countries try to eat the locally grown onion in order to keep your health"

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I am on the quest and have accepted this challenge (to eat local and be "seasonally correct"). Thanks for an important lens. I appreciate the awareness you are raising. Proud to be a locavore.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I'd like to eat more local foods. It would be a challenge for me since I eat frozen stuff a lot, but I can always accent that with local fruits and veggies at the very least!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I think it's a good idea, especially if you're for supporting local businesses and keeping more money within the community. If you're trying to help the environment, it's good to for reducing the amount of fossil fuels used.

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      rhiannonfl1 5 years ago

      Nice lens - very informative. I'm just starting to learn more about eating locally. Love my green market shopping! Nothing better that getting sweet juicy strawberries that were picked that morning :)

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful lens! Thank you for all the useful information and links. I've been working on eating local and organic for several years, though I'm not a purist. I buy fair trade, organic tea, coffee and chocolate, for example, most of which are impossible to obtain locally. Plus, it is important to me to support the worldwide organic movement, so if I have to choose between conventionally grown local produce and shipped-in organic, I talk to the farmer or seller about how the local was grown before making a choice. If the food was grown using organic or better standards and the farmer is unable to pay for the certification, AND IF I trust the farmer, I'll still buy local. Btw, SF Bay Area chef and author Jessica Prentice takes credit for coining the word locavore (see http://blog.oup.com/2007/11/prentice/), but you are right, she is a founding member of the local locavore group.

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      Great information, awareness, education and advice, kudos to a great lens!

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      cuteordeath 6 years ago

      I do wish I could garden (in my yard-less apartment -_-), but I get a delivery of organic local veggies every month. ^^ It's wonderful! I also love going to the farmer's market. Of course, I am pretty lucky to live nearby a huge agriculture hub. :D

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      I just found your lens; love the concept. I have lens rolled your lens to my Driftless Market lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You can search for local produce on:

      www.locavore365.org

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Makes sense to me. Lensrolled to my Eating Locally lens.

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      Nan 8 years ago from London, UK

      5* and I've lensrolled this to me "Veg in a box" lens.

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      KadabaCo 8 years ago

      Great lens! 5*'s! Our neighbors want to cow-pool and we're considering it closely! Things like dairy and meat seem to be missing from our local farmers market... hmmmm!

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      SustainableSarah 9 years ago

      Yes!!! So nice to see a lens from a locavore- nice work. And I think you've covered all of the main books I recommend as well, although I haven't read coming home to eat (but now I will!). I've actually been working on my own lens on eating local, but I'll make sure to reference you. :)

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      Barbara Isbill 9 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Cool info - thanks from a fan!

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      This week I got some lemon cucumbers, which look like yellow softballs. I've never tried those before. Peas are winding down, green beans (or yellow or purple) are in full force. Corn is awesome right now. And the sunflower head I harvested a few days back is getting closer to letting go of the seeds!

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      The Homeopath 9 years ago

      I just got some to-die-for peaches from Palisades yesterday. I wanted to make a pie, but they didn't last very long. YUM. Soon, our veggie crops will be ready around here and I can't wait. I can taste the soup already.

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      Frankie Kangas 9 years ago from California

      Excellent lens and information. We have a lot of local produce and I try to buy from them directly and from stores that buy from them.

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      Hey Nice topic! Lensrolled to my Eating Locally Lens

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      BenB2 9 years ago

      Lets hear it for local food. Great informative stuff!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love your site. Check out my blog for a slightly different take on the local food lifestyle. I am spending the summer eating foods that have not been transported by motor vehicle (with the exception of public buses). I would love to hear your comments. You can find it at trocally.blogspot.com

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      Abbotts 9 years ago

      Great lens Farmers Market for me(Its close)

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      Euryale Sinclair 10 years ago from The Left Coast

      Thanks, Gypsy! My sister does a lot of sustainablility stuff with a local community group and did the challenge hardcore this past summer. I made the lens based on my own efforts (I probably got about 60% of my food really within 100 miles). I'm still doing a lot of what I started in August.

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      I wasn't familiar with this concept. great information resource, thanks for your hard work!