New Local Food Page
Here are some new ideas. Let’s grow our own food or buy it locally, preferably from small farmers and artisans, join a food cooperative, bake our own bread, learn how to cook without a half pound of meat per person, use a lot of fresh vegetables, make our own yogurt, cheese, pickles, jam, use lots of seasonings, often with ethnic origins, to make freshly prepared simple food delicious.
Oh whoops. Those aren’t new. That was my experience in the 1970s as a graduate student in Wisconsin. We called it “pure food” or “natural food” then (the idea of “organic” was just getting wound up). I read “Diet for a Small Planet,” spent some time volunteering with a group of people who formed a food coop (they drove a rickety truck to Chicago once a week to buy actual fresh vegetables, and got bottled milk from a local dairy), started a vegetable garden in a vacant lot behind my apartment, traveled to a small rural grocery to buy local cheese and meat, patronized farm stands whenever I could find them (Madison didn’t start a farmers’ market until about 1976), baked the bread, made the yogurt, the whole thing. It felt real. It felt organic in the classical sense. We ate well on not much money.
So I was delighted to learn that all this was starting up again here in Ann Arbor. Some will say it never quite went away, but it has a new lease on life with a new generation (and with the help of the previous ones; Al Connor, who helped start the People’s Food Coop in Ann Arbor, is still working on food policy). I did some looking around in 2007 and wrote an article on the subject for the Ann Arbor Observer, “Meet the Locavores“. Since then the Ann Arbor local food universe has expanded mightily.
I’ve revised and updated the page I have maintained on this subject, and The Local Food Page has a few useful links. I’ll try to make it more comprehensive in the future.
Meanwhile, note that the Local Food Summit is on April 2 this year. Better sign up if you plan to go.Explore posts in the same categories: Local Food, Sustainability, Trends