Things to Do - Local Food

(All photos above taken at South Mountain Creamery's 2010 Spring Festival)

I've completely bought in to buying local (just like crocs for children and Mad Men). As I've mentioned in previous posts, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals scared the hell out of me, especially when it comes to carnivorism (which, according to Wiktionary, is a real word). Luckily the DC area has some great options for locavores.

My absolute favorite place to buy meat (lamb, pork, chicken, and goat) is Fox Hollow Farm in Gaithersburg, MD. The farm is super small and family owned; you can even go out back and visit the animals (I know I sound obnoxious, but if the idea of "visiting" your food freaks you out, you probably shouldn't eat meat). My kids love to run through the field and say hi to the goats (pictured below). The farm delivers to neighboring communities in MD (but not VA). Call ahead as they tend to sell out of top products (esp. the broiler chickens, which are SO SO yummy).

When I don't have time to drive to MD, we have meat and dairy delivered through South Mountain Creamery. We visited the Creamery last spring for their annual spring festival (pictured above) and enjoyed seeing the cows and chickens everywhere. Plus P could spend forever "driving" a tractor.

Regarding other options, we've joined Arganica, but haven't activated our membership yet. And in the summer we have veggies delivered through Great Country Farm's CSA, which entitles us to free activities at the farm all summer - the kids love the slides and giant bouncing pillow; we love all the you-pick options. And on weekends we frequent the farmers' markets on Courthouse and Columbia Pike, especially when Cibola Farms has a booth.

What about everyone else? Do you buy local? Where do you go?


*There's a new local mom blog and it's pretty awesome (and funny), make sure to check it out here when you have a chance!

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*I sort of love this.

*So this is interesting. What do you think?


*USA literary map. I want one.

*Poufs!! (you know you want one)

*Great photos of Israel.

(Photo taken at Fox Hollow Farms)

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