There’s a stigma that healthy food is expensive. And, in the land of the 99 cent burrito, spending $4 on a bunch of kale can feel a little like highway robbery. I have a deep abiding love for Whole Foods (and full disclosure, a professional relationship), but I don’t know that I’ve ever walked out of one of their stores with my wallet any less than $50 lighter. It can be discouraging to make a move towards local product when sales on processed, far traveling foods seem so much easier on the bank account.
We’re going to talk more about why moving to a local diet is actually less expensive, and what an incredible investment it can be. Today however, we’re talking about free food. Yes. Free. Ok, there’s a small start up cost, and some work involved, but we’ve all hear the old adage…No such thing as a free lunch!
Get up tomorrow morning, and hit your local nursery – you’re starting a garden!
“I don’t have a big yard!” “I can’t keep a house plant alive.” “I don’t have time!”
Shut your trap and stop self defeating. Start small. A window box of herbs. One of those fantastic hanging tomato thingies. A hardy little citrus tree. Water once or twice a day. Send it good vibes. Before you know it, you’ll be eating for free. And feeling oh so superior to your friends who buy crappy hot house tomatoes at the Albertson’s.
So get to work. Grow some stuff. Then have your friends over for dinner, and show off your fancy homegrown homemade basil pesto. They’ll think you’re awesome. It doesn’t get much more local than your own home!