Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Local Foods Wheel

Eating "locally" is a trend on the rise. The basic idea behind the concept is to lower the carbon footprint of your meal by eating foods that are in season and grown in your area. Other benefits include increased nutrition and renewed variety.

A friend of mine tipped me off to the "local foods wheel" available for the San Francisco Area. It's an interesting tool used to determine what is in season. Simply spin the top piece of the tool to reveal the current months and local, in season foods are shown.

We've just passed the vernal equinox and entered spring. In the SF area, asparagus, morels, eggs, peas, and artichokes are all in season. So are less widely know vegetables like cardoons, nettles, pea greens, and green garlic.

Along with our CSA box, the food wheel encourages us to explore -- and of course -- eat local, seasonal food.

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