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Jun 10 2010

Local, Organic, and Slow

by Jimmy L

Do you know where your food comes from?  Neither did I, until a couple of months ago; I used to buy food from the big supermarkets.  But, partially fueled by books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and movies like Food, Inc., there has been a recent surge of interest in this question of where our food comes from, and what chemicals have been put into it.  I’ve not read or seen these books or documentaries myself, as I have a huge fear of finding out all the horribly true facts that I’m totally happy ignoring.  However, I’ve started going to local organic farmers markets, which are cropping up all over the place.  Even if you didn’t care where your food comes from, it’s still a refreshing experience attending these markets.  Each farmer sells you his or her veggies, fruit, meat, milk, eggs, pastries and/or cheeses themselves.  I find it especially reassuring that each of my dozen eggs is of a different size and shape, which is the way it should be!  And they taste much better than grocery store bought eggs.  Also, I know that my vegetables are freshly harvested from Georgia clay often within the last 24 hours, instead of being trucked across the country from who knows where.  Here are some of the local organic farmers markets that I’m aware of.  If you know of any others in or around DeKalb County, please share with us in the comments section…

  • Decatur Farmers Market – there is one every Wednesday at the corner of Church and Commerce from 4pm to 7pm (Winter hours are 3pm to 6pm).  There’s also one run by the same people on Saturdays, from 9am to Noon across the street from Chic-Fil-A on N. McDonough.
  • East Lake Farmers Market – Saturdays from 9am to 1pm at the corner of Hosea L. Williams Dr SE & 2nd Ave SE.
  • East Atlanta Village Farmers Market – Thursdays 4pm to 8pm May thru November at 1231 Glenwood Ave (Village Hardware)

More books and movies about eating locally grown organic food that I haven’t read:

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joe June 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Great post! Last year I listened to the audiobook version of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, and It was a real wake-up call. Now more than ever I find myself scrutinizing nutrition labels and making purchases based on where and how the foods are produced. Thanks for the links to local resources; a good umbrella website listing these and other farmers markets in the area can be found at http://www.pickyourown.org/GAfarmersmarkets.htm

Jimmy L June 10, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Thanks for the link, Joe! Very helpful to know.

Marla B. June 11, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I definitely recommend running out and reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle *and* Fast Food Nation as soon as you can. AVM is a beautifully written, thoughtful book. FFN (the book) is an eye-opening look at the fast food industry. You may also want to check out the book Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon, about one couple’s quest to eat only local food for a year.

Jimmy L June 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Thanks for the recommendations, Marla!

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