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Food for thought

Having just eaten green beans and tomatoes fresh from our garden, I encourage you to tune into my co-worker Candy Page's blog about eating local this week. You can find it HERE on the Free Press home page, down a bit under recent blogs.

Easier to eat local this week than the first week of February, but still not simple, particularly
if you're not in the habit of preparing everything from scratch. And I'm not in the habit of leaving enough time to prepare breakfast from scratch every morning.

I did have homemade zucchini bread this morning, which comes darn close. The zucchini came from my father-in-law, but mine are on the way. The flour may have come from Norwich. The eggs from Colchester. The sugar, I'm guessing, came from farther afield. The cooking oil? Nowhere close to home. The spices? No idea.

Anyway, check it out and weigh in whether you think we can realistically bring our food closer to home.

- Terri Hallenbeck

I think it's unlikely. Given the economies of scale, it is unlikely that local farmers are cost competitive against the larger food producers with more capacity and broader distribution channels.

If local products are less expensive, I haven't seen it yet.
Terri I doubt very much that the flour with a certain medieval character for a moniker is actually produced in Norwich or made from Vermont grown wheat. Their HQ is in "Norch" as is the Company store
We should all garden more and preserve more of our own food for winter.

More hunting. Healthier deer heards. Healthier forrests would help too.

Community garden projects like the intervale are great.

We can all do a little more. It'd be less expensive, healthier and bring us all closer to our own communities.

Until they start selling Ring-Ding and Pepsi trees, I ain't growin' none of my own food.

I'm pretty sure the grilled Sea Bass I had for dinner last night was caught in Lake Champlain.
Evidently, the "real Vermonters" comprising nameless-nitwit nation don't think it's fresh and local unless the jolly green giant grew it with the help of his little buddy, Monsanto.
The only thing local for dinner tonight was the summer squash with Cabot "cheddah" melted over it.
We should all try - at least!
Cabot 'cheddah' is local only in the most expansive sense.
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