Food has long been associated with American holidays. Cookouts for July 4th. Turkey (or tofurkey) for Thanksgiving Day.Â Why not local and organic food for Earth Day?
National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative representing 110 food co-ops nationwide, suggestsÂ that peopleÂ celebrate Earth Day by making local and organic foods a part of their day.
Here areÂ five food tips for celebrating Earth Day:
1 — Eat only local or organic for the day. Have you dipped your toe into local or organic food, but never dove in all the way?Â Earth Day is the perfect time to devote the day’s meals to local and organic food. Remember to plan the menus in advance.
2 — Support a sustainable deli or restaurant. No need to prepare the meal yourself. Co-op delis and restaurants offering organic and locally grown foods are proliferating nationwide.
3 — Join a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture consists of individuals who pledge their financial support to farms in return for a portion of the season’s harvest. In return for the investment, members receive regular bundles of fresh, local food from the farm during harvest months. Locate a CSA near you.
4 — Attend or hold an Earth Dinner. Earth Dinners are specially formatted dinner parties in which guests dine on local and organic foods while discussing their relationships with food.Â
5 — Plant your own garden. It’s not all about eating on Earth Day. Consider spending April 22 planning or even breaking the soil on your own vegetable garden. No room for a garden? Consider creating a community garden with friends and neighbors.
Thank you to the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) for providing Circle of Food blog with the above information.Â Â Founded in 1999, the NCGA is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA is owned by 110 food co-ops operating more than 130 stores in 32 states with combined annual sales of over $945 million. NCGA helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op shoppers everywhere. Check out the map of co-op member locations. Learn more about co-ops.