A Label We Love: Locavore

coffeeDid you know that you are a locavore? Yes, that’s what I called you! A locavore is somebody who eats principally locally grown food, whenever possible. Your personal choice for choosing local food might be very different to the next persons, but truthfully, it is the greenest, most environmentally considerate moves you can make, short of growing it yourself that is. It reduces packing, reduces carbon footprints, reduces energy required in food production, storage, and transport, it is less wasteful, plus it supports local sustainable farms – and that in turn comes with another whole heap of environmental benefits!

We are extremely fortunate the live here on the South Shore, where the locavore movement is gaining momentum, and we have access to some pretty special resources that highlight our local food landscape. The first of which, has to be the scrumptious edible South Shore & South Coast magazine. It features local businesses, ventures, artisans, markets, and farmers, all written about by local writers, reviewed by local editors, and printed at a local print shop. It is the first thing I reach for when I have a few minutes to spare because the magazine is such a feast! Learn more at EdibleSouthShore.com

The second terrific resource we have is the South Shore Locavores – a collaboration between the Kingston Public Library, and edible South Shore & South Coast, and co-hosted by the Kingston Council on Aging, it is a terrific opportunity for you to meet some of the vendors we are always putting in front of you, taste their wares, and ask your questions. Regular meetings are held monthly fall through spring, but over the summer they organize excursions and you should come! Here are the deets:

When:     July 26th, Tuesday at 7pm

Where:   Speedwell Coffee, 208 South Meadow Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360

What:      Speedwell Coffee is a small company with a big passion for roasting delicious coffee. They have been perfecting their craft since 2008, and love sharing wonderful coffees with curious tasters. Our coffees are grown and harvested by dedicated farmers, seasonally sourced with responsibility, and craft roasted daily with meticulous care in small batches. Join us for a tasting and a bit of coffee roasting education, meet us there at 7 pm.

When:     August 9th, Tuesday at 7pm

Where:   Independent Fermentations, 127 Camelot Drive in Plymouth (near Rt 3 Exit 5)

What:      For this one, be prepared with an ID! Independent Fermentations Brewing (aka IndieFerm) specializes in making craft beers with locally grown ingredients. Many of their beers are inspired by the Belgian farmhouse brewing tradition, but they also make other styles. They brew what they like to drink and that covers a lot of territory. IndieFerm primarily uses Massachusetts-made barley, wheat, and rye malts, as well as some malt from farmers and maltsters around the Northeast that share our ethic of keeping it local and independent. Most of our hops come from Massachusetts but there are some varieties that we like that simply don’t grow here so we supplement with other sources when we need to. On average, our beers are brewed with about 80% locally sourced ingredients. It costs us more this way, but it is worth it to keep the money local and support people who work and think like we do. We believe in making local beer with local ingredients. Help us fight the mono-culture: think independent, drink independent.

Cost for tasting: $7 for a Taster Flight of four beers and/or $2 for 4 oz.

The meetings are free (apart from the cost of the beer tasting), although donations of $5 are accepted to cover the cost of the gatherings, and any excess monies are used for a good cause: to buy books! We hope to see you there – it should be fun 😉

By Pam Denholm

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