By Cameron Crane
Today, please welcome experts Katie (8 years old), Erica (7 years old), and Jacquelyn (6 years old) to the blog, as I interview them about exactly what it means to be a locavore.
Do you know what it means be a locavore?
Katie: I think it’s like when an animal doesn’t eat any meat. It just eats like leaves and berries and things it finds in the forest.
Being a locavore means that you only eat food that is produced locally — within a certain distance (usually around 100 miles) from where you live. Are you a locavore?
Katie: I think so.
Erica: I think so. We always go to the grocery store with my babysitter. (Yells through house) Anna! Are we a locavore?
Jacquelyn: I don’t know.
Well, do you know where the food at the grocery store comes from?
Katie: Usually it comes from trucks — trucks of food. And like, obviously, the truck gets the food from different places. Like one time I saw a whole truck just filled with soda right outside Eddie’s.
Erica: From companies. And farms. Chicken, and apples, and corn and stuff come from farms.
Jacquelyn: The grocery store buys it. I don’t know from who. Probably a bigger store?
Do you ever go to the farmer’s market?
Katie: We don’t go usually, but sometimes when it’s a nice day. I like them because usually there is really good food. We go there for lunch sometimes. I like doing that. We don’t always go, though, because sometimes there are too many people. You can barely cross the street!
Erica: Sometimes we go there to get stuff that we don’t normally get. They have some fancy things.
Jacquelyn: Mhmm, but not for a while.
Why do you think it is important to buy food locally (like buying strawberries from a local farmer, instead of one that lives far away)?
Katie: It is better so that food doesn’t go to waste. If nobody bought the strawberries, they would just go old, and then the farmer probably wouldn’t be able to sell them. Maybe he would have to stop growing them, if nobody was buying them.
Erica: Is it just easier that way. Because then you don’t have to worry about driving to get them, they are right there!
Jacquelyn: The other farmer probably has his own people to buy strawberries.