The Experiment

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With the closest farm at least 50 miles away, zero feet of green property to call my own, and no method of transportation besides the MTA and occasional ZipCar, can a busy Brooklynite and her new husband truly live local?  Inspired by other locovores, I’m banishing my bananas and California strawberries with hopes of surviving on the fruits (and veggies) of my CSA share, Coop membership and Greenmarket Farmers.  How long?  Who knows!  I want to ground myself and learn to appreciate the seasons.  It is not natural to have access to fresh berries all year long.  Asparagus grows in April, Strawberries in June, Cherries in July.  I want to celebrate the seasons and its yields as they occur.

14 thoughts on “The Experiment”

  1. Love this! Good luck and your body will thank you!

    I’ve been eating locally for a couple years, but I’m very, very lucky in terms of my locations and access, but it’s amazing.

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Nikki. I’ve tried to eat local for a number of years now, but I thought documenting it would not only keep me focused but show others how easy (and DELICIOUS) it can be too!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      Glad you found me! Yeah it is a bit difficult. I’m spoiled because I do have the GrowNYC network of farmers markets, but I usually have to visit a few for what I need. And living in NY, prices can get sky high! You know, because local food is trendy and all that, a lot of places can charge a premium. Like I went to a small market for green beans yesterday: $1.80/lb. At the larger one, nothing under $3.50/lb!

      Anyway, I’ll be following you too!

    2. Too bad about the expensive prices, but that’s New York for you. I am lucky to have Lancaster County, PA close by. The Amish still grow things organically and there’s plenty of it. I can even get local dairy from the Amish. Good luck to you! Excited to see where your local experiment take you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. You should try it! You also get much more exotic produce there so might be easier. Like avocados…one reason I can’t stay completely local….

    1. hmm where exactly Bensonhurst market is? i think i know all the places so not sure how i’ve missed that. i btw get a lot of foods from Fresh Direct, they have a whole “local” section, esp now in the summer, it’s great.

  2. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll start this NEXT week…I just got back from Costco with my bag of green bananas….:(
    I guess I need to investigate more thoroughly what is available year round in my area. It is definitely a worthy goal, though

    1. It’s hard to maintain all the time, especially in the winter. I still eat some non local staples, like bananas because they’re just so easy to grab in the morning. But I think any change to support local and just getting people to think more about where their food comes from is important. Good luck!

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