As the holiday season ends, we welcome the New Year by making resolutions—our way of embracing the joy of the season and renewing faith in our ability to improve ourselves. To establish a resolution, you must decide to do something different, something you believe will make things better. Common resolutions include losing weight, getting out of debt, quitting smoking or starting to exercise.
Why do we love making New Year’s resolutions? The end of the year is a perfect time for reflection and for taking stock of how we are living our lives. Resolutions are seen as a catalyst for change and an opportunity to start fresh on an ideal version of ourselves. We are ready to embrace what we want as a new truth in our lives, and we tell ourselves that we are willing to change our behaviors to achieve our desired result.
Unfortunately, many of us fail because changing our engrained behaviors is really hard. So this year, instead of resolving to change something for you, what if we all resolved to make a difference in our families, our communities and if I may be so bold, our planet?
So, as you consider your New Year’s resolutions, might I suggest that supporting local food be at the top of your list? Supporting local food is easier than you might think, and it produces results beyond you. It offers benefits today, while providing security for future generations. Here are some ideas on how you can vote with your fork and pocketbook to support local food.
This year, resolve to:
1. Cook one meal each week using fresh, local, in-season produce.
2. Choose restaurants whose owners buy from local farmers.
3. Plant a garden, even if it is just a single herb or vegetable.
4. Join a Community Supported Agriculture program (see our directory in this issue).
5. Shop at farmers markets and take a friend with you.
6. Ask your catering company to source local ingredients for your next event.
7. Attend classes, programs and events that support local food or will further your awareness and understanding of local food (see the Edible Events in this issue for ideas).
8. Join or volunteer at a community or school garden.
9. Visit a farm and meet the farmers! Remember, no farmers means no food.
Finally, to improve your chances of keeping your local food resolution, tell your friends and family what you are doing and why local food is important to you. See if they will join you, furthering the ripple effect of goodness into our community and the planet.
Cheers! Amy S. Brown Copublisher and Editor