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First 2.5 Weeks of my Locavore Challenge – What is “Philly” local?

Confession: When I chose to "go local" for 40 days, I didn't really prepare. My first email from a friend addressed the biggest hurdle:  "Sounds quite intense my friend... What if you wanna go out and get a drink? you're going to 40 days of local brews. "   (But to calm your beer belly fears, there's typically at least 1 or 2 varieties of local wine in Philly liquor stores.) Since I've started my challenge, I'm determined to find products produced within a 75- mile radius. Some may fear there's not a lot of brand choices locally produced,(find out if the fear is a legit one, after the jump!)
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Philadelphia Area CSA Groups : Plenty of Local Food to Enjoy!

Spring is almost here and it's time to consider where you'll get your local spring and summer produce. Community supported agriculture groups (CSAs) are one of the best ways! CSAs are an efficient means to get your produce directly from a local farm and cut out the middle man (grocers.) I love implementing the farm to table concept in my own kitchen, and have discovered lots of new veggies and fruit via CSA programs (rhubarb, swiss chard, and purple peppers to name a few!) Discover local CSA options after the jump.
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6 Baby Steps to Go Vegetarian

6 Baby Steps to Eat Vegetarian:  (Helping a Reader's New Years Resolution) One of our readers asked: "I'm trying to eat less meat in the New Year and want to go vegetarian. Do you have advice?" Here are 6 lessons I learned along the meat-free way:
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Strategic Planning for Those Holiday Food Leftovers…

Are you still stuffed from those Thankgiving leftovers? (Considering my family decided to host Thanksgiving fashionably late, I'm still in a food-coma.) "Tis the season for parties and mountains of food... which equals lots of excess waste.   Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, our food waste TRIPLES in the United States.  What can you do to cut back this statistic for the holiday season?
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Philadelphia CowShare: Local, Sustainable Meat

Where's the beef?! Apparently a CowShare system popped up in my inbox from DailyCandy this morning: There's Farm CSA shares, Car Shares like Zipcar and many other "shares" to hit Philly. For those who want to improve their carbon footprint from eating meat but can't cut the habit completely, Philadelphia CowShare seems like a
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My CSA Adventure: Farm Fresh & De-lish! (Photo Friday Fun)

CSA and me, best of friends... For those unfamiliar, a CSA, or a Community Supported Agriculture is a (now) popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Essentially, the farm will offer a certain number of "shares" to the public - normally including a box of veggies, but other produce can be included. Consumers buy a "share" or membership and pick up their share on a weekly basis. My good friend Sara's been participating in a local, Chester-County CSA this summer and was on vacation... So she was nice enough to give me her CSA share for the week! Sara (find out more and see CSA pics, after the jump!)
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How to Dine A Little Greener

In the summertime I get the urge to eat out more. The longer days and opportunity for al fresco dining (one of my favorite little pleasures in life) just make restaurants that much more enjoyable for me. I frequent establishments that boast the use of organic and local ingredients, along with lots of vegan and vegetarian hot spots. But, I also head to restaurants that aren't necessarily well known for any of these things. While dining I’m often on the lookout for how restaurants measure up in the eco-friendly department. Here are some practices that help keep businesses in the food industry greener. Don’t be shy - suggest some of these next time you’re at one of your favorite spots. Green restaurant practices:
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Spring Produce

It finally feels like spring! The warmer weather has my body craving seasonal fruits and veggies that feel like a treat after the long winter. You really can get delicious produce in the Philadelphia region that doesn’t have a ridiculous carbon footprint. (New Jersey tomatoes anyone? ) Here’s some of what’s in season in the Northeast for Spring:
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Why I’m Spending $50 on a Turkey this Thanksgiving

As those who know me can vouch, I'm pretty budget-savvy. I balance the saves with spending money when it counts (which for me normally equals vacation, friends & an occasional shopping spree.) I compete in coupon-clipping contests with my retired Dad and love the Groupon Deals or PhillyHalfOff promotions that arrive in my inbox. Yet, this Thanksgiving, I offered to buy the turkey. A free-range, local, organic turkey from Koch Farms that will set me back approximately … $50. I (briefly) debated canceling my offer to buy the bird (Read more, after the jump!)
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