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There is no run of the mill day for the Hamiltons. Andy Hamilton and his wife Amy work late nights and early mornings raising three children and operating the decades-old Musgrave Orchard, which they purchased 10 years ago just before it ceased production altogether. Since then, Andy said the family has operated on farm time, building their day around the needs of their 300 apple trees and 2 acre vegetable patch.
Photo: Beverly Linguai, of Bloomington, fills her CSA basket Sept. 4 at Musgrave Orchard. The summer season was Linguai’s third with the CSA. She said this is the only CSA she has participated in. Because of the quality of the food, she has had no reason to look into others. – Isaac SmithRead the Full Story
When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one.
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â¨1. It’s good for you and tastes better too!
2. It’s good for the economy. â¨
3. It’s good for the environment.
4. It’s good for family farms.
Linger and learn. Allow extra time when you shop the co-op to discover which foods are local. Take time to talk with the staff to ask questions and advice.
Start early. Begin by gradually incorporating more local foods into your diet as a way to begin making it more of a habit to buy local.
Visit a farm. Take your family on a weekend road trip to an area farm. Many offer weekend tours. If you can’t make it to the farm, Bloomingfoods often features farmers in it’s publications and in the stores, making it convenient for you to learn more about our local food community.
Join a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture means you buy shares in a local family farm to receive their fresh produce weekly. Visit www.bloomingfoods.coop for listings of area CSA farms.
Plan out meals for the challenge. Developing plans can be a fun learning experience and make more local food easier and more affordable.
Have a night on the town. Several restaurants in the area have made local, sustainable foods a part of their menu.
Check out the Eat Local, America! website.
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