Go Local for Your Thanksgiving Meal Shopping
Three reasons why to become a locavore this holiday season
It’s a week before Thanksgiving, and I, like most people, am wrapping up our grocery list for our turkey day feast. It wasn’t until this weekend after talking to an old friend about a particular farmer’s market in the adjacent town that I realized I could further enhance my Thanksgiving green efforts by skipping Whole Foods altogether and head to the farmer’s market to make our meal as local as possible.
Need a little convincing or motivation to break the big box grocery store habit? Consider these points from various sources:
- According to Alabama Farmers Market Authority, “Today’s farmer receives less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar. When farmers sell directly to the consumer, the middleman is cut out, producing a higher profit for the farmer. The farmer then circulates his profits throughout the community with local merchants, creating a cycle that helps to build a strong local economy.”
- According to the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension, “Buying locally grown foods decreases dependence on petroleum. One-fifth of all petroleum used in the United States is used in agriculture. Some statistics show that the average distance food travels in distribution is 1,500 miles. By learning to eat foods that are locally available and in season, families can do their part to save energy.”
- According to Earth Talk, “Local food is often safer, too. Even when it’s not organic, small farms tend to be less aggressive than large factory farms about dousing their produce with chemicals. Small farms are also more likely to grow more variety, protecting biodiversity and preserving a wider agricultural gene pool, an important factor in long-term food security.”
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.