Joining the Move Towards Locally Grown Organic Foods

A cousin from Massachusetts spent the night with us last weekend.  She was in Washington for a conference and it was a fun excuse to catch up.  We talked about family, politics, movies and literature, and good wine and food.

One of the things we discussed was the trend toward eating local foods.  I expressed the opinion that this wonderful idea makes great sense in certain parts of the country (i.e., California) but perhaps didn’t work really well in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  She suggested that I search the web for an organization called Local Harvest.  So I did.

If you go to, you’ll have an opportunity to identify where you live and how far you’re willing to travel to obtain local foods.  I was shocked by the number of farms, dairies and produce stands within 25 miles of Bethesda and Chevy Chase.  After the initial list, I get a daily update. 

Today, for instance, there was information about purchasing organic, free range turkeys (not local, in this case) and also rave reviews for a farm in Buckeystown, Maryland  (Hedgeapple Farm) that fans say has the “best beef in town.”  It sounds like it would be well worth the drive (probably less than an hour) to check out this place…I’ll let you know.

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