Connecting With Your Local Food Source!

by Crystal Jancovic, LAc, LMT

Whether you are already a healthy eater who is striving to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable in their eating habits, or you are learning to eat more wholesome, local foods, it is great to know where your food comes from and to have a personal connection with the farming communities who serve us. Kid’s and adults alike can enjoy learning more about how their food grows and where it comes from.

Where do I start connecting with local foods?  Get in touch with your local community farmers market.  Most cities, big and small have weekly farmers markets. Depending on where you live, there may be seasonal or sometimes year round farmers markets to feast on and learn about local delights. At most farmer’s market you can buy produce directly from the farmers who grow them as well as purchase and peruse other artisanal goods. Often you can talk to the farmers themselves or the volunteers working the booth and learn more about the farm and even get involved directly with the farm.

Many vegetable farms allow you to volunteer for a day, usually the day they harvest and put together their CSA boxes, and get some veggies in return!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): Some farms have CSA programs where you can have a weekly box of fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to your door or pick-up your box of goodies at  designated locations. A lot of farms have add-ons for your box of food such as fresh milk, eggs, meats, flowers and baked goods. Most CSA farms like you to pay ahead of time to help them buy the supplies they will need for their crops but some have payment systems in place to pay individually for each box.

If you are a meat eater, getting involved in animal shares can be great too. Buying half a lamb or cow (through a local organization with pasture raised meat) with a couple friends and freezing it to eat throughout the year can save on money in the long term and ensure that you are getting high quality, grass-fed meat.

Community Gardens/Community Farms: You may have driven through neighborhoods or schools where little community gardens can been seen. If you like to garden but don’t have yard space, community gardens are a way to share land and resources and bring to life your own vegetable garden within the city! If you are interested, check them out and see how you can get involved, add to the gardens, and reap the benefits of getting your hands in the soil and soon harvesting and eating your very own freshly grown food.

Some community gardens/farms hold workshops where you can learn more about gardening, farming, composting, cooking and so much more. I live and practice acupuncture in Lakewood, Colorado and one example of a local community farm here is Sprout City Farms. Sprout City Farms (sproutcityfarms.org) is  a nonprofit organization that helps create healthier, more resilient communities and enables them to bring affordable, healthy food to schools, neighborhoods, and beyond, donate food to community organizations and families in need, educate youth and adults about farming and build community. Last year they offered workshops on water conservation/drip irrigation, composting/vermicomposting, pickling/fermenting, canning, preserving, seed saving, soil building/composting.

How else can I get involved in a sustainable healthy future? Grow your own garden! What are your absolute favorite fruits and vegetables? Ask your local farmers if they grow well where you live and if they have a recommendation on where to buy your seeds. Local nurseries and gardening stores are really knowledgeable and helpful too. They can help you sort through logistics like when and where to plant certain foods and when to harvest all the amazing food you have created in your own home.  If you don’t have a backyard or gardening space, hanging wall planters or tiny planters full of herbs can be a great start to adding some home grown deliciousness to your meals. Or, as mentioned earlier, volunteer or get involved in your community gardens or farms!


Michelle Astringer
Michelle Astringer
2024-03-26
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Dani Zocante
2024-03-23
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2024-03-05
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Carrie Butler
2024-01-24
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Ginny
2023-12-30
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Sarah Llerena
Sarah Llerena
2023-12-14
I recently had an incredible experience at this place, and I don't even know where to begin. I found myself in unbearable back pain, unable to stand up straight, and unsure of what caused it. Fortunately, I was able to schedule a prompt appointment, and Jamie's expertise was truly amazing! After receiving both cupping and acupuncture treatments, I noticed a remarkable improvement right away and within just two days, i was 95% back to my normal self. Don't hesitate to book an appointment here—it made a significant difference for me.
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Thomas Najar
2023-11-20
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Tracy Carr
Tracy Carr
2023-11-10
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Liz Spanos
Liz Spanos
2023-11-10
I have been going to Lakewood Community Acupuncture for over a year and can’t imagine my life without it now!! It can truly help with so much - from physical pain (I have issues with my pelvic floor and multiple herniated discs) to emotional blocks, energy deficiencies and more! I ALWAYS feel better after acupuncture. I’ve seen all the practitioners and they are all extremely skilled, but Crystal is my go-to. She is not only very gentle and effective but always a delight to connect with. For the quality of service, atmosphere and price, you cannot do better. It’s been a game changer for me. Wholeheartedly recommend!!

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