I've been reading a lot lately about buying things local. They say it is both good for the environment, less stress on the earth if it isn't trucked in from Cuba, and cheaper, for the same Cuba reason. OK, I can do that. Buying local makes good sense, it's not a hard concept to understand. The problem I'm having is finding the things that are cheaper? I think the local produce guys read the same articles I did and saw a way to make a quick buck!
Way does everyone make it so hard for a regular guy to get ahead? $4 gas, buy a hybrid, it's better for the planet. It's also a small fortune. Solar power is a good alternative too. That's really expensive! How am I supposed to participate if it's all so expensive. No wonder people hate tree huggers, you have to be rich to be one!
Back to the food. I asked the produce guy at the store where his squash came from. He told me it was being trucked in fresh from Georgia. Wow! That's a long way to go for squash. The problem is the Georgia squash is 50 cent a pound cheaper then the Perry Hall squash! Did the Perry Hall guy have to add to the cost to ship it in? Where are these farms with the cheap stuff? Do people in Georgia buy squash from Maryland?
We have a big chicken farm not 2 miles from here,they have to be cheaper then the Eastern shore chickens that are shipped up here, right? Think again. They are way more expensive then the ones at the grocery stores. Is there a club card for farms? I'm just a guy trying to do what is right, but also trying to not end up in the poor house! It's time to buy some chickens and rabbits to raise for food. I know they have self basting chickens, but do they have ones that are self butchering?
With gas as high as it is, and the farms along the Mississippi washed away in the recent floods, I'm worried that there won't be any food come winter. I'm growing some of my own food, some meaning a very little bit! I'm tired of reading these how-to's about saving money and not being to find them in the real world! Hey local farm guys, give us break! Maybe I'd do better to save my money, buy a hybrid, and then drive to Georgia where the produce is cheap!