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I am a very lucky Kossack. Even though I live near and work in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, I live far enough out that food like this is grown in a field less than two miles from where I sit at home as I write this. The Chicago suburb where I abide still has agriculture taking place within the villager limits. BTW, the peaches are from immediately across Lake Michigan and when Michigan peaches are in season, Georgia should eat its heart out.

Both the corn and tomatoes were commercially grown nearby, practically in my backyard. These delicacies probably have the smallest carbon footprint of anything I will eat all year.

Because I live in an area that serves urban and suburban transit needs more effectively than most other U.S. communities, when I don't telework from home, I commute to the Loop by train. In the better part of a decade, I have not driven to work one time. My 2007 Prius barely has 42,000 miles on it. So, I don't feel like my other life choices are squandering the small carbon victory represented by food like this.

If your community has farmer's markets, support them. If you have local growers, support them. If you have transit that will satisfy your basic commuting needs, ride it. You will be doing favors for yourself and everyone else.

Think globally. Eat locally. Ride transit.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 12:27:19 PM PDT

  •  All for a good reducing-my-carbon-footprint (6+ / 0-)

    diary--thanks.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 12:35:44 PM PDT

    •  You Are Welcome. (6+ / 0-)

      The farm where the tomatoes and corn were grown has a farm stand that is only open seasonally. Because Mrs. Left does most of our shopping, I'd not been inside before today (I have mobility issues).

      As soon as I walked into the cavernous barn I knew had to blog about it. They display locally grown produce in a space nearly 10,000 square feet. There were a wide variety of beautiful and colorful peppers, giant sweet onions, tomatoes by the bushel, two types of sweet corn, just picked, and, of course, the fresh Michigan peaches.  Folks were buying the most beautiful cucumbers by the peck, in the perfect size for Kosher dill pickles. As commercial enterprises go, it was a thing of beauty.

      "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

      by LeftOfYou on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 12:48:48 PM PDT

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  •  Locally Farm-Raised Rainbow Trout Tonight (7+ / 0-)

    Ohio has a trout farm east of Columbus so we get it no more than day old here in NE Ohio; my big box grocer actually carries it. Farmed rainbow trout is actually given a "Best Choice" rated by the Monterey Seafood Watch Program.

    I'll also have commercial corn on the cob picked yesterday 2 miles from here, neighbor's garden tomatoes and green onion.

    Next year I hope to encourage Herself to at least grow some herbs, garlic and such. The property where we've relocated is too shady for much veggie gardening.

    We're doin' our part, and we like to favor local mom & pop restaurants that support local. One featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" in Cleveland maintains an herb & veggie garden right on their premises.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:04:16 PM PDT

  •  As a military wife, I move a lot, and the first (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, julesrules39, LinSea

    thing I always do is look for local sources of food.

    I just went to my first farmer's market at our new post (Quito, Ecuador) and had a lovely time buying locally grown food:

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  •  Thanks for this diary, LeftOfYou. (3+ / 0-)
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    julesrules39, LinSea, sewaneepat

    My daughters and I are into our second year of establishing an organic farm on land I inherited from my parents. Mostly veggies so far but we plan to expand eventually into fruit, eggs and goat cheese, plus aquaculture which will produce fish as well as conserving water for the other crops.

    I feel this lovely land is a gift from a previous generation to future generations. Perhaps my first great-grandchild, due in just a couple of weeks, will one day play and then farm this very land. Something to look forward to!

  •  I was a farmers market vendor today.... (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, LinSea

    Came home with the most amazing trades:  small seedless watermelon, both gold and red razzies, yukon gold potatoes, TWO giant sweet cantalopes, corn, sweet red and yellow peppers, giant sweet onions, shitakes and pink oyster mushrooms, zucchini, cucumbers, 5 lbs of roasted hazelnuts and a small roasting hen.  All for about two pounds of our goats cheese.  Almost sold out of everything and only traded at the end of the day.

    Tomorrow I'm driving to Portland to do a small community market.  My step daughter is doing another market.  My trade goals for tomorrow are:  several flavors of hummus and two dozen oysters.  Then I think I'll be set for the week.

    •  Wonderful! Glad to hear you're doing so well! (1+ / 0-)
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      LinSea

      Our main farm is just getting established down in Douglas County, but now we're doing the Independence Saturday Market, a lovely friendly place with great vendors which is near my daughter's home.

      Ah, hummus -- you're making me hungry!

  •  We went to the Oak Park farmers' market this (0+ / 0-)

    summer while visiting family. A thing of beauty, for sure. No need for a grocery store during the season.

    We grow most of our vegetables and fruit and supplement at the local farmers' markets, especially for eggs, meat, and eggplant. If you haven't had a yard bird egg, you haven't really had an egg.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 06:04:11 AM PDT

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