Support Local Food

There are many ways you can begin supporting your local food economy. We have many fine farmers, farmer’s markets, food stores and restaurants, as well as organizations dedicated to bringing you fresh local products.

Here are a few tips to lead you toward supporting our local, sustainable food economy.

    • Visit Farmer’s Markets throughout the year and become familiar with what grows in our area. Use resources like Gainesville Farm Fresh to look up what is in season at any given time of year. You can meet your farmer in person and ask questions about how the food or product was raised and grown. In our area alone, you will be able to find, fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, beef, pork, poultry and more. Visit the Locator Maps for locations of farms and markets in your area.

 

    • Subscribe to a local CSA ( Community Supported Agriculture ). Your participation helps farmers with expenses and labor in exchange for the rewards of the harvest. Joining a CSA also gives you a closer link to the land and food production. Locate a CSA in our area.

 

    • Take part in locally sponsored and nationally sponsored food initiatives:
        • Hogtown Homegrown’s ‘Eat Local Challenge’, a challenge to eat locally, whether at home or at a restaurant for the entire month of May. Check it out!
        • Slow Food of Gainesville sponsors monthly dinner’s and pot lucks based on local food, as well as a new intiative « Time for Lunch », aimed at bringing healthy food back to our school cafeterias.
      • Meatless Mondays: Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal is to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.
    • Support the food markets and restaurants that support our local farmers.

 

  • Support organizations involved in our local food economy
    • Florida Organic Growers,
    • Slow Food Gainesville
    • Hogtown Homegrown
    • Sustainable Alachua County, FWG
    • Gainesville Farm Fresh
  • Support your community food co-ops
    • 4 Counties Co-op
    • Citizens Co-op

Remember to spread the word! Pass on your support and enthusiam, get involved, partake in forums and share your concerns, your successes, your knowledge and more.