There are few that would say they do not want to be healthy; however, it seems like we rarely look at the fundamental idea that health depends upon our food.
On a daily basis we all eat food. Unfortunately, many do not know anything about the food they buy. Knowing when, where, how, and by whom our food was grown is just one aspect of moving towards a sustained healthy life for ourselves and our families. It’s a journey in building relationships with the food as well as the people behind it.
Our family decided to shift our dollars to local people and places, rather than national chain stores as a part of our health journey. We quickly found that there were a lot more options than we originally thought! My three favorite options are the OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market, Native Roots Market, and my own garden!
OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market is an indoor market that’s open all year long! Our family gets up each Saturday to collect food from local farmers. (And during the summer they are also open on Wednesday which is nice to go when it’s not as busy). There are so many farmers that are more than willing to share their growing practices, invite us to their farms, and just say “hello” to a familiar face.
CSA (community supported agriculture) and Co-op orders can be picked up there and a variety of organic and conventional produce is available. From homemade crafts to low-heat pasteurized milk and $0.50 organic bell peppers – there are great prices on a varied selection of goods and food. I love knowing details about my food down to who picked it and that I even love that if I go without my family, they notice and it sparks conversation.
Sometimes, though, I need to go shopping outside of those hours, but still want to keep money and food local. My favorite local grocery store is Native Roots Market. It’s a small store in downtown OKC that carries all of my essentials, and they’re willing to explore other product suggestions. They carry the same low-pasteurized milk, my favorite granola, local meat, and a small bulk section. Another bonus, they accept Keep It Local OK for a discount on local products!
One of my favorite aspects is their back counter; they have a beautiful spice wall and tasty deli! My husband loves the coffee and we’re constantly buying sandwiches and hummus. It’s also a breath of fresh air to see a local establishment embrace the low-impact lifestyle. They sell re-usable bamboo utensil sets, use paper sacks, and serve coffee in compostable cups with low-impact lids.
And finally, while I’ve aspired to have a “yarden garden”, I’ve currently settled for small containers. I’ve attended classes on organic gardening and gained insights from local farmers to help me grow some of my own because every little bit counts both in terms of my health and wallet.
I love being able to show my daughter that her food comes from the ground and not a box; studies show the more involved a child is in the growing of their food, the more likely they are to take pride in it and eat it. And I can definitely eat to that!
The best relationship we can have with our food is for it to truly be home-grown. So what’s your relationship with local food?