Make it a Point to Find a Local Alternative

While spending time at home for father's day, I cooked in a kitchen I wasn't used to. And while, in that kitchen, recycling is not a priority, I was surprised to find out what was number one. Looking for ideas for dinner, I found tomatoes from the small town's farmer's market, eggs from the hens outside, and butter made in the state, just an hour or so away.

Much of the produce and dairy (and all of the meat) came from places nearby...

Which brought to my attention that even in a small town, where most folks would turn to nationally-available, easy-to-get name brands, it's easy to convert a great deal of one's food to something produced and grown locally.

I was surprised to see the local butter; it inspired me to look even more closely at the last few foods in my pantry that haven't been converted (it's organic, but not local).

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