The impact of food on our bodies is immense and immediate. Everything we eat comes from the earth. The lovely thing about eating sustainably is that the food often brings much more pleasure. Seasonal, local food is bursting with flavor that today’s common grocery stores lack. Once you get to know the people growing your food, or are growing it yourself, that connecting to the land your food comes from adds another layer to the story of what you’re eating.
I buy local, heirloom food from farmers markets whenever possible. Organic or better is a must. Always ask if a farmer uses organic practices as many small, very sustainable farms can’t justify the spend for organic food. When I must buy food from further away, I put in the research to make sure the people involved are treated & paid fairly, favoring smaller brands. Here are my kitchen essentials: