Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Eco-Tip of the Day: Be a Locavore!

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally. The idea is that foods grown locally don't require additives to keep them fresh longer for shipping, and they also don't require the fuel expenditure to transport them.

Grow your own food when possible (container gardens work well for tomatoes and herbs). Check out local produce stands. I'm a big fan of Clear Conscience Natural Market in Canton; they stock a lot of locally produced food items. I often buy my eggs from Mrs. Smith the math teacher.

Of course, a GREAT way to start being a locavore is to check out the Waleska Farmer's Market, NEW this summer! This is a joint venture between Reinhardt and the city of Waleska. The Market will be held from 4:30 pm to 8:30pm the first Thursday of each month from May through August. The site is the Reinhardt University parking lot behind the old Waleska First Baptist church at the corner of Highway 140 and Highway 108. The Grand Opening of the Waleska Farmers Market will be held Thursday May 6. Contact horticulturist Zach White at (770) 720-5988 for more details!

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