What’s a Frugal Locavore to Do

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  1. I am so happy that I came across your blog. I am recently attempting to live a locavore lifestyle, and am finding it to be a little expensive, but these tips are extremely helpful. Your point about the food milage is a very good food for thought; if you can’t find out where your food is coming from, there is a reason for that. I have already started freezing portions of meat and veggies. My parents love this. Everything lasts more than a week, and it saves us an extra trip to the market or farms north of our city, which in turn allows us to conserve fuel and a higher budget for grocery shopping.
    Lastly, visiting the farmers market on a day when the weather is bad is BRILLIANT. I never thought that the farmers would drop their prices, but it all makes sense when business is slow.
    I really enjoy reading your blog. Please continue to post helpful content to help us fellow locavores make an easier transition! Thank you!

    • Hi Andrea,
      Thank you for your comment! It’s great that you are willing to make the extra effort and spend a little more money on eating local. It pays in so many ways (health, gas prices, the weather…). Glad we were able to help a little.

  2. Thanks nyadin for sharing these tips. And thanks for a great presentation in East Brunswick last week. I agree with all your tips, except that you can’t tell people to watch less TV… sad but true.
    I love the idea of shopping in bad weather….
    I have some freezing tips to share, will do in separate comment.

  3. Two years ago i had lots of veggies growing on plot at the East Brunswick Community Garden (www.ebcommunitygarden.webs.com) but not enough freezer room. So last year I bought a small chest freezer, and i love it!
    Here is what i freeze – summer squash in the summer when they grows to be the size of a baseball bat if you don’t watch it… i slice and freeze in ziplock bags. It’s great for winter soup (and of course i wash and reuse the bags).
    I freeze peas, string beans, parsley, cilantro, and dill.
    I don’t grow carrots, but i freeze them when they are abundance and cheap. i freeze some sliced and i also cook carrots in a bit of water, mash them with my beloved hand blender and freeze in jars. Than i use it as a base for soups. it cuts cooking time and effort on weekdays after work and school, before basketball, music lessons, help with homework…
    I also freeze beans. Small ones like lentils i soak in water over night and freeze in jars (I know you don’t have to pre soak lentils, but i do think is shortens cooking time), I use them to make mejadra (A middle eastern rice and lentil dish), or carrot-lentil soup, with the carrots from above.
    sometime ago i decided it’s time to avoid canned beans because of the plastic that lines the can. i bought a pressure cooker and lots of dry beans [not for locavores, but i buy different kinds of beans at the Indian Grocery]. i soak the beans over night, cook for a short time in the pressure and freeze in jars. rice and beans now take 20 minutes to make. bean soup takes 30 minutes. without thinking about it a day ahead. i take out a jar at a time, put in the fridge and toss some beans into the salad i take with me to work for lunch.
    i cook chickpeas, make a big batch of hummus and freeze in jars. You get the idea…
    one last word about jars – when i started freezing i was going to buy caning jars. i never did… i reuse jars of salsa, tahini, and other products that have a wide moth and are easy to fill.

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  5. Although it is fall/winter I am busy preparing for next years garden! I am hoping to have the ultimate local food- from my garden. Eating local calls for more creativity during the winter and early spring months. Has anyone kept a root cellar?

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