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On The 2nd Day of Christmas, My Chiropractor Recommended To Me- High Plains Food Co-op
I belong to the High Plains Food Co-operative. It cost me just $40 to join ($100 for voting rights) and each and every month I can shop online for fresh, locally grown and produced foods. Once I place my order, my food is delivered to the pick-up point waiting for me to come and get it.
Here are some of the things I can buy:
Fresh organic chicken, farm-fresh organic eggs, naturally-raised bacon, grass-fed beef, lamb, buffalo and even pasture-raised Yak (Tibetan beef)! I get home-made jams, jellies, cheese and butter. Chicken liver and giblets for my dog. And in the summer and fall, the freshest fruits and veggies you can find. I also get hand-crafted goat milk soaps, gluten-free breads, Heritage breed poultry, turkey, chicken, ducks, and geese. (Can you tell I’m not a vegetarian?)
One inconvenience is that I have to drive to the Tech Center to pick up my order. I think if we got just a dozen or so people from Littleton/Lakewood, they would organize a drop-off spot close to this area. In fact, I know they would, Bill Stevenson is a wonderful man and representative of the co-op and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Office (RMFU), and we have already discussed it.
Nutrition is the foundation of health- what a wonderful way to ensure you and your family are getting good quality nutrients. If this sounds good to you, go ahead and sign up here.
Why buy locally? Here are some reasons I believe in:
Buy Fresher, More Nutritious Foods
Locally grown fruits and vegetables are usually harvested within 24 hours of being purchased by the food co-op member. Produce picked at the height of freshness tastes better. Because locally grown produce is freshest, it is more nutritionally complete. Nutritional value declines, often dramatically, as time passes after harvest.
Reduce Energy Consumption
Locally produced foods do not require significant transportation or storage, both of which are very energy-intensive, expensive and pollute our air and water.
Regional Economic Health
Buying locally grown foods keeps money within the community. This contributes to the health of all sectors of the local economy, increasing the local quality of life.
Encourage a Self-Sufficient Community
A community that produces its own food enables people to influence how their food is grown. In addition, it reduces reliance on far-off food producers, thus stabilizing its own food supply.
Help Preserve Biodiversity
Farmers selling locally are not limited to the few varieties that are bred for long distance shipping, high yields, and shelf life. Often they raise and sell wonderful heirloom varieties that may be hard to find in supermarkets.
Preserve the Rural Character of the Land
Supporting local farmers means maintaining local farmland. Local consumers can serve as the lifeline for local farmers because they create direct marketing opportunities where sellers can receive fair prices for their crops.
Avoid Post-harvest Contamination
Foods sold in local markets without the need for extensive storage and transportation will likely contain minimal or no waxes and/or fungicides applied to protect the product after harvest.
I hope you consider joining this food co-op, it’s great in a lot of ways.