As I quickly find out, it's not nearly as romantic as it sounds. Actually, it's pretty awful sometimes, especially if you go for strict definitions and firm rules. Those locavores gaily frolicking through fields of squash blossoms on the cover of a food magazine? Ten bucks says their smiles are as airbrushed as a Victoria's Secret swimsuit catalog.I read through My Week of Eating Locally -- and What I Learned and as someone who tries to eat local foods, I appreciate it.
Now that I think of that wording that I try to eat local foods I feel like I'm running into the same feeling the author encountered.
What does try actually mean?
I like farmer's markets.
I like supporting my small local friends rather than the big chain. For example, coffee and tea exchange vs starbucks. Or local restaurants over the big guys. Partly this is because I think the quality is better (and sometimes cheaper, especially for what you're getting). So, yes, partly it's self serving, but if you benefit the whole at the same time...
Regardless, it's farmer's market time! Try to do a little of your shopping there. Every bit helps and you won't regret it!