My friend Debra, from Nuts About Berries Farm, sent me a link with a gold mine of resources for the entire country: Real Time Farms. Just type in your zip code and you’ll find tons of information about local farms, restaurants, and markets in your area. I thought I’d just take a peek, but there was so much to discover that it turned into way more than a peek. For instance, they have a search for ingredients. So, if you want to know where to find fennel for your beet fennel salad, say, you type in fennel and a whole page of farmers’ markets that carry fennel in your area pops up. With pictures too!
Another site to find your local farms and markets is Local Harvest. Besides being able to punch in your zip code and find markets and farmers close to you, they feature farm blogs and forums for exchanging ideas on local foods as well as events, a newsletter, photos, and more.
Just the other day, a friend of mine was lamenting that it was hard to find sustainably raised local meats. Then I found this amazing site: Eat Wild. They have a directory of farmers where you can find pasture raised, grass-fed animals in your area, again, by zip code. I haven’t had time to poke around their site, but I’m definitely going back to fill up on good information about sustainably raised meat.
Here’s an event being celebrated all over the country on October 24th : Food Day. I had trouble getting into the site this morning, though I did get in yesterday, but in the mean time, here’s a link to an article describing the event: Food Day article. In Portland, celebrate Food Day with Oran Hesterman.
So many great resources! Let me know what you’ve discovered–I’d love to hear from you.