Jackie is a good friend to the Glitter Bitches and a budding author to boot, so she jumped at the chance to spread some of her musings to the masses here at Modern Rosies. She is a huge wealth of information in many arenas, and we look forward to many posts from her in the future!
Locavore. Say it out loud. Feel it roll off your tongue. It’s newer, like so many of the buzzwords you hear today are. The philosophy is ages old, though. It is the idea that one can exist solely on the diet that changes with the seasonally available foods in the region.
It’s more than just a philosophy these days, though. The socioeconomic and anthropological data piling in has shown that it also stimulates local economy, builds tighter communities, reduces crime, and helps our children to grow to be conscientious little people.
"All members of our society, irrespective of their socio-economic status, should have access to good quality produce." - Maritza Wellington Owens
I sat the other day at one of my seven local farmer’s markets and just observed. It continually leaves me awestruck to see the diversity in everything from the vendors to the customers to the produce and goods themselves. It’s in a constant state of metamorphosis as the seasons change, the students change, the farmers change, and the venues themselves change.
|Farmers' Market in urban Chicago|
Biosocially speaking, the rediscovery of Farmer’s Markets and local produce is moving about in pandemic proportions, possibly fueled by the advent and establishment of social networking that is available to everyone, not just the wealthy and pretentious.
Socioeconomically, we have seen a similar shift across all of the socioeconomic classes. Inner city demographics are creating community gardens where the bounty is divided between the families contributing time and energy and local markets that help fund the next season’s re-planting, and the creation of more gardens.
In rural areas, the conspicuous lack of outsourcing for produce and product has created pockets of informal economy, fueled with the supply and demand of neighbors for neighbors, by neighbors. (Their farmed or produced goods, that is. Not the neighbors themselves. That would be cannibalism, and possibly signify an oncoming zombie plague.)
Affluent communities are moving AWAY from products marketed as gourmet, and realizing that the ingredients make the food, not the commercials. Community farmers can set up at markets located in areas primarily populated by mid to upper middle class and above, and feel confident that they will return home at the end of the day not with a vehicle full of produce (or meat, or honey, or jams/jellies/home canned goods, or baked goods, or fresh milks and dairy products, etc.) but rather a hefty deposit. Everyone involved can go home feeling satisfied on so many more levels than just a biological need for food.
|London Community Gardens|
(Image: Capital Growth)
www.localharvest.org to find a farmer’s market near you, or to find other means of acquiring seasonal and local products. I can guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised.