Sunday, March 30, 2014

Guest Blog: Local Goodness

*In the coming weeks, Pluff Mud Kids is spotlighting local bloggers sharing great information as well as local businesses that specialize in good things for kids and families.

Pluff Mud Kids welcome guest blogger Jessica Paulsen from Local Goodness - preserving food, faith, and family. I recently met up with Jessica and wanted to share with you her fantastic blog and feature regarding eating locally. Thanks for sharing your ideas here today, Jessica! (also, check back with Jessica frequently for excellent recipes and ideas on canning and preserving).


EAT LOCAL MONTH

In case you can’t tell from my web address, I’m a local loving gal! Locally grown veggies, mom & pop stores, unique one of a kind events…those are the things that make my heart go pitter patter.
So how exciting is it that here in Charleston, April is EAT LOCAL MONTH! Lowcountry Local Firstencourages all of us lowcountry residers to put our $ where our mouth is. If you want access to locally grown food, then get out there and support our farmers and locally owned restaurants that source ingredients locally.
The overarching goal for the month is to take the Eat Local Challenge where you shift $10/week of your food budget to the local food system. That may not seem like much but when combined together we can make a huge influence to the Charleston food scene.
So go pick your own strawberries to make jam with, buy kale at the farmer’s market and make a kale smoothie, or get your cup o’ joe from the cooler coffee shop around the corner. 
Here are all the fun events that Lowcountry Local First is putting on ~
Tuesday, April 1 ~ SHOP AT WHOLE FOODS
5% of WF sales this day will go to LLF’s Sustainable Agriculture program
Tuesday, April 8 ~ Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market kicks off
My kids are literally counting down the hours until this awesome day. Their strategic line of attack for the Farmer’s Market…King of Pops first, kettle corn second…
Saturday, April 12 ~ Downtown Farmer’s Market  kicks off
Check out the LLF tent at a “PLOW TO CHOW” special event…and in case you’re scratching your head…a plow is what breaks the ground so you can plant seeds, work the land, break your back.
Saturday, April 19 ~ Lowcountry Farm Tours
Meander along dirt roads, breathe in the fresh air, snack on just picked strawberries, chat with the guys & gals operating the plows responsible for your chow.
Sunday, April 27 ~ Chef’s Potluck
Among the beautiful oaks at Middleton Place, nosh & sip on some of the finest ingredients the lowcountry has to offer, prepared by some of the best chef’s in the area.
And if you don’t live in Charleston, here is information on how to move to the coolest foodie town ever….
Ha ha! What I meant to say was…here is information on how to find a Live Local organization in your area.
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