With my neighborhood market closing I’ve had to go on the hunt for a few things I’ve taken for granted. Local food. I have a favorite bakery for sheepherder buns, Stone Ground, and now I have to get on the freeway if I’m going to feed my habit. Can’t see myself doing that.
Where does our food come from? An article came out in a local paper about a new website that will track where dairy products are made. It's called Where is my milk from? Who doesn't want to try that? I pulled out my milk, butter, sour cream, cheese and yogurt and ran the test. It made me uncomfortable. Many of my items came from within 30 miles away, but the ones that weren’t--- were 1000’s of miles away. And even more interesting, two of the same product that was purchased in the same store, same day came from two different states.
What does it mean? For me I will be watching more closely for the brands that I know are local. Why? It feels right. I like supporting the local economy. And I'll be searching for a new favorite local market that isn't too far away.
So what dairy products are in your fridge and
where did they come from?
picture credit Daniel Hurst Photography