With spring in bloom, now is the perfect time to freshen up what’s on your plate. Incorporating local foods into your diet can have dramatic health and ecological benefits. We pride ourselves on being stewards for the environment and constantly work to Better the Bay. Creating sustainable, nutritious food is obviously a huge part of what we do, and we know that our farm works within a larger cycle.
When you choose to combine our fresh, farmed oysters with local produce and meats, you’re choosing to develop a diet that’s sustainable and responsible.
Locally sourced foods reduce greenhouse gas emissions, because they don’t have to travel as far to reach your plate. When you buy local, you’re also supporting your local economy–and not just the farmer themselves– but all of the businesses that support the farms. Eating locally also encourages sustainable agriculture by infusing critical funding. And, as if you didn’t need another reason to believe, local food often has a higher nutrient value.
Many people think that eating locally is more challenging than simply going to the grocery store, but it’s actually the opposite! Many CSA’s and farms offer delivery services and charge about the same as most groceries. Try these tips below to freshen up your plate and eat local this spring.
- Join a CSA - Community supported agriculture programs offer subscriptions of dairy, meat or produce from farms in your area. Many CSAs offer delivery or have set pickup locations. CSAs benefit farmers because they receive early payment for the season and typically net a higher profit. Search a CSA near you here.
- Shop Farmer’s Markets - The USDA has provided a search engine specifically for finding active farmer’s markets near you, making it easier than ever. Shopping a farmers market puts you in direct contact with the people producing your food and puts money directly into the hands of farmers. It’s a win-win.
- Freeze & Preserve - canning your own food or freezing it in vacuum bags allows you to more locally produced food during prime seasons to use through the year. Our Wandering Waders Premium Shucked Oysters are perfect for freezing!
Spending a little bit of time doing your own research is also a great way to find local producers and grocers in your area. Many beef farms also allow you to purchase quarter, half or whole cows which can be frozen and shared with friends and neighbors. By purchasing in this manner, you’re reducing the damaging effects of factory farming and supporting local producers.We love local food and hope that you do too! We’re always happy to help point you in the direction of produce farmers, meat producers, even other seafood companies. Connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and feel free to reach out with questions.