Supporting Local Community and Immunity
by Lia Treat
Click aqui para español- > Apoyando a la comunidad y la inmunidad con las compras de mercado
The seasons are changing soon, and the coolness of fall is approaching. Everything looks different this year. Small businesses that have become cultural and iconic mainstays throughout our communities are slowly disappearing. How can we contribute to keeping them open while also supporting our bodies and families during a pandemic? How can we keep the momentum going to help those in our society that are struggling?
One way is to support our local and minority farmers, small food co-ops, and mom and pop stores. It is through these grass-roots type organizations that the community can take back control of accessibility to real, whole foods. The pandemic has reminded us what an important role our farmers play in food production, the stability of our economy, and the hospitality industry in New Orleans. I have seen countless farmers, bakers, restaurant owners, and other growers and makers supporting their community through donations of food, service, space, and time. Therefore, I encourage you to support your local farmers and makers!
By eating locally and seasonally, you will support your body’s immunity by inoculating it with local, beneficial bacteria from soil nearby, nourish it with foods that thrive in our climate, and that have ripened naturally.
Buying local food increases the nutrients available to the consumer. Food is higher in antioxidants, fresher, and cheaper. Many of our farmers deliver to homes or facilitate orders through pick-up. Many of them are donating to local families and organizations. Food that was previously only accessible at a farmer’s market is now available for ordering online. Take advantage!
Grow Dat Youth Farm. Growdatyouthfarm.org
New Orleans Food Co-Op. www.nolafood.coop
Major Acre Farm. majoracrefarm.com
River Queen Greens. Riverqueengreens.com
Veggi Farmer s Cooperative. Veggifarmcoop.com
Poché Family Farm. pochefamilyfarm.com/veggiebox
Crescent City Farmers Market. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org