Campo Restaurant - Reno, NV

Where to Start?

Many people ask me where to start when it comes to local food.  Over the years I have worked with many restaurant owners and listened to many others whom I hold in high regard.  I do alot of reading and pay attention to what is going on in the world as much as I can. I read the Reno paper daily, funny, but you can get alot of info from the paper still. I search the internet for interesting takes on what others are doing too.  So alot of what I write will be based on what I read, experince and how it is effected by what I think and see.

So in keeping with my style……keep it simple.

When you go to the market to shop look at every itme you buy and see where it comes from.  Is there a better choice that is more local?  Even non produce, non meats, just look and see what you are buying and see where it comes from.  Great Basin Food Coop is best for a grocery store with local products, Whole foods has good local stuff to too. But even if you can’t shop at these awesome stores all the time, still look when you go other stores such as  Raley’s, Sack and Save etc….whatever it does not matter!  Just look and get to know.

Go to a farmers market.  There are so many around right now.  Just pick one.  If you are overwhelmed by this thought, go and buy enough food for 1 meal…this is a start.  I never go with a list….go with your eyes to see, your nose to smell, your voice to ask questions and your ears to listen…….then bring cash because most markets dont do credit or debit!!

So, starting is easy.  Give it a try!

 


One Comment

  1. Cindy Humphrey
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Great advice on NOT taking a list to the farmers market! Just take your senses - it truly is an intuitive experience, and we are so blessed to several in our back yard.

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