Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Local Food

The CTWW challenge for this week is to make a plan on how to eat local food during winter. This is surely not an easy challenge living in the Nordics. However it also depends on how you define local. Is local only food from your backyard or can local be carrots from South Europe during the winter months? Read more in my previous post about local food.

Naturally, it is best to eat what's in season in the area you define as local and store things you can. We've picked some berries and put them in the freezer but otherwise we have not stored more food for this winter, not that our freezer would fit much more anyway. I also made some plum marmalade but we are not gonna eat only berries and plum-jam half a year of course. Some pages that help me know what's in season though are these two ( in Swedish though):

Seasonal food

It's good to base the food you eat on what's in season because then, even if they are shipped a bit, they are not shipped as far. I wish I was more active in trying to find stuff that we can eat from the forest though, but there's a time for everything and for now I'm sticking to the berries and mushrooms I know are edible.

If we lived closer to the city I'd consider signing up for a company that sends you the week's food to your door, complete with recipes and instructions. In Sweden there are quite a few companies like that, offering seasonal, Eco and even vegetarian options. I've seen that some companies also offer a weekly fruit and vegetable box in case you are not interested in receiving a complete menu. Plus points with these are that you save time not having to plan your shopping and you know you will get a reasonably Eco-friendly option, hopefully there is less food waste as well as someone has planned how much you should eat during a week.

Here are some of them (I haven't tried them so I can't say if they are any good):


And one in Finland:


Joining a food circle is a good option too. I know a friend of mine has joined this one in Helsinki. I haven't encountered any food circles around were we live right now though but I know there is supposed to be a shop on a farm somewhere relatively close, need to investigate that more. I'm afraid it might be the meat farm we are passing by sometimes and as this challenge is to avoid meat it doesn't count.

Otherwise our best option is to continue to go to as many farmer's markets as we can during autumn and get onions and potatoes and things that doesn't go bad too quickly.


  1. I'm fascinated with the idea of food circles ... I'm guessing that it's some form of sharing food, possibly items which members have grown themselves? In addition to eating locally, it would be such a great way to develop community. What I really like about this challenge is that it gives us a place to start. We begin with looking around at what's available and how we can utilize it. Perhaps that knowledge is put to use next year and we gather more local foods and try our hand at preserving them. Or maybe we plant winter gardens. For me, this challenge will be an ongoing effort. I'd love to get to a point where all of my nutritional needs ... for the year ... are sourced locally. It'll take awhile to get there but ... hopefully we will. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Thanks for your comment!

      I think different food circles work in a bit different ways. If I've understood correctly there are some food circles in NY that gets their food from a single organic farmer (perhaps not always super local,it can be up to 200 km from the city) but having the circle they can jointly pay the costs of delivery and they will get whatever is in season on the farm at the moment. The one in Helsinki I think is based on different producers and shops but they try to focus still on local, seasonal and organic. I agree with you that's it's a great way to develope community!

      I hope we'll get there too, gettign our food locally! :)