Tips: Going Local

By Melissa Mann

Still trying to eat local? Yeah, we are, too. As the weather gets cooler, things are getting more difficult, but Darry Madden and Kristi Ceccarossi and their blog, Boston Localvores, might be able to help. Here are five tips for an easier transition into a lifestyle of eating locally.

1. Do a little research ahead of time. From a farmers’ market calendar to winter CSA information — you can start your homework with their website, which also provides listings on how to find veggies, meat, cheese, fish, beer and other goods that are grown or produced locally.

2. Start slowly. If you’re intimidated about changing your eating habits, take your time. And take steps that you can ease into. “Start with cheese — it’s widely available, even at big stores,” says Madden.

3. Don’t sacrifice too much. “You shouldn’t have to give up your favorite foods in order to eat locally,” says Madden. “Instead of drastic changes, change your lifestyle and be aware of all the benefits.”

4. Prepare to be dedicated. “This is a process of changing the things we buy, and it’s much easier to grow, evolve and develop habits,” says Ceccarossi.

5. Understand the costs. While eating locally can be more expensive and can also take more time to prepare, Ceccarossi believes that it shouldn’t be used as an excuse. “If someone truly has the desire to start eating locally, they can.”

Fan the Localvores on Facebook and find out about local food-tasting events in the future, like cheese and beer tastings, as well as to check in with local farmers.