I recently learned about food deserts, a term used to describe areas where fresh, local food is not available. There are whole neighborhoods where the only food available is packaged or canned. That's kind of scary, and should remind all of us how fortunate we are to have fresh, locally grown food so readily available. There are several local growers near my home and I try to get to all of them once or twice a week.
This is where I say thanks to those who labor to produce fresh fruits and vegetables and all the other local foods we take for granted.
The York County Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local is one of 13 chapters in the state and includes farmers, farm markets, seasonal stands, bakeries, orchards, nurseries, community-supported agriculture, wineries, restaurants, caterers and other local food businesses.
The 2012 Local Food Guide connects you with locally grown foods and is now available at local libraries and from Buy Fresh Buy Local partners.
Buy Fresh Buy Local is the trademark of the local foods movement in the United States. Here in the Keystone State, it is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture, in partnership with York County Agriculture Business Council and other organizations and agencies and supported by local volunteers, on behalf of the FoodRoutes Network.
The BFBL scavenger hunt is under way and runs through Saturday. See how many places you can visit. For details, visit www.buyfreshbuylocalyork.com.
Today you should find peaches and plums, with pears and apples coming soon.
Cantaloupes, peppers and squash, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes are available. Farmers expect to have fresh-picked sweet corn until the first frost, along with pumpkins, potatoes, sweet potatoes and watermelons. Stop by or call your local grower and ask what is available.
Think about freezing some peaches or corn or canning some tomatoes. When the snow falls next winter they will be tasty reminders that we do not live in a food desert, and for that we can thank our local farmers and growers.
Reach Barb Krebs at 717-235-1042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.