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How to Start Eating Local

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I’ve decided I want to try to eat local, but I don’t know how to start.

Amy Hoopers, Newburgh, NY

A:

Visiting a farmers’ market in your area is a good place to begin. You’ll see what’s available locally and be able to talk directly with growers. Start with five foods you can buy locally, such as apples, root vegetables, lettuce, herbs, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and cheese. Sometimes it’s impossible to find a food that’s completely locally sourced. If this is the case, buy from a local producer. It’s great to support local bakers, coffee roasters, jelly makers, and confectioners, too.

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