It’s rare these days to meet someone who doesn’t define themselves by their diet. Your best friend’s a vegan, the guy next door is a raw foodist, your colleague’s a pescetarian. Hosting dinner parties has become a nightmare. And the newest food identity label? A locavore. It may sound like a giant tropical insect, but really it’s just a person interested in eating locally produced food. The fewer the kilometres between the paddock and the plate, the better.
And we get it. Local food tastes better since it’s fresher and in season. It’s better for the environment because the food miles and associated emissions are reduced. Plus, eating local supports smaller growers and producers. The trouble is that local produce is often hard to find, expensive or, worse still, requires a long drive to reach – which defeats the purpose of eating local in the first place.
Luckily, local business Urban Locavore has stepped in. Each month, these passionate locavores scour WA to find the freshest local fare, and deliver up to ten of the best products directly to your door. These products range from chutneys to baked goods to preserves to coffee. The surprise of what each month’s hamper will contain is half of the fun.
The March box, for example, contained a bag of saffron and barberry rice mix, sheep cheese, a jar of caper berries, 3 heads of garlic, a satchel of muesli, fig jam, a selection of biscuits and a pack of five teas – all of which was sourced from WA.
Who knows what surprises the April box will hold…
(Also published in Agenda)