Yesterday’s post about Jose Bove got me thinking again about how much I hate corporate farms and how we’d be better off if everyone was able to buy local food. One of the problems is that it’s so easy to go to a big chain grocery and buy whatever Big Ag is selling, and a lot of people don’t know how to find local produce and food. I’ve come upon a couple of good websites for finding local and sustainably-grown produce. If you’ve been wondering if your town has a local CSA (community supported agriculture) program or where the farmers markets are, these sites are for you.
Local Harvest has the most useful tool in my opinion, because it seems like more farms and markets are registered here than any of the others. You can search for local small farms, CSAs, farmers markets, and other local food sources.
Rodale’s The Farm Locator helps consumers find farms in their area, and they also help to connect business buyers (restaurant owners, markets, etc.) with local farmers.
The Eat Well Guide is a directory of restaurants, stores, farms, markets, and online businesses where you can buy sustainably-raised meat, egg, and dairy products.