We’re Celebrating: Happy 4th of July

I am not one to preach, I prefer to be an example through my actions and the lifestyle that I lead. I had an email come through the other day that simply stated many ideas that I believe in regarding the local, slow food, sustainable movement.  On so many levels I believe in eating local, which is hard sometimes in Texas as everything that you may want is not available in our big state, especially for the fish eater, but there are simple ways to eat more locally without really trying too hard.  Most grocery stores include where fruits and veggies are grown on the product sign and farmers markets are popping up in neighborhoods everywhere.

Here are a few other ideas to help you think sustainably this holiday.

Visit Eat Well Guide to find farmers markets and local farms in your area.  Surprisingly within half an hour of Dallas there are dozens of options.

Join a community garden.  Lake Highlands Community Garden is a 501c3 not for profit organization that has brought together the City of Dallas with local residents to build a community garden on unused city land.  There are 89 total plots in various sizes with various prices.  To get involved put your name on the wait list and you will be contacted in January regarding a plot for the next year.  There is something satisfying about growing your own food.  The nice element of a community garden is that you are doing it with a group, going through the highs and lows of Texas heat, hail, draught, etc. together, learning from each other and growing great, fresh, tasty veggies.

Visit LocalHarvest.com to find local products like local honey, preserves, canned goods, etc.

Support restaurants that think locally.  One of the reasons we love Janice Provost and Chad Houser of Parigi so much is their dedication to using local produce, cheese and products from farms in the area.  Bolsa and Enos in Bishop Arts follow the same local, seasonal practices.

Buy local spirits.  Though I think the best wine comes from outside Texas, there are a handful of spirits makers doing great in our fine state, including one of my favorite, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka made in Austin from completely natural ingredients.  Dripping Springs and Titos are also making great local vodka.