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How to Buy Local Produce

Watch more How to Help Save the Environment videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Buy local produce with the help of these guidelines. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find markets Look in the local paper and ask around to find out where and when there are farmers' markets in your area. Step 2: Visit markets Visit the markets to see what produce is in season. Tip Carry your own cloth bags—or reuse plastic ones—to avoid using wasteful new packaging. Step 3: Ask questions Ask farmers what fruits and vegetables are coming soon. Many markets offer other local products, such as eggs, cheese, honey, and even meat. Tip Join a Community Supported Agriculture farm, supported by individuals who pledge to pay for farming costs in return for delivery of fresh produce all season. Look online to find one in your area. Step 4: Plan menus Plan your up-coming meals around the fresh local produce available now and in the coming weeks. Tip Newspapers and regional or food magazines often run seasonal food recipes, such as for local spring asparagus or summer tomatoes. Step 5: Contact your grocery store Read the labels in your supermarket to determine where the produce comes from. If you can't identify any that is local, contact the manager and ask whether they offer any—and let them know you'd buy it if it was available. Step 6: Throw a party Throw a party or host a dinner that features only locally grown produce. Show your friends the advantages of buying local. Did You Know? Small local farms often preserve open space, help maintain biodiversity, and use less water and pesticides than industrial agriculture.
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