Welcome to Phyllis’ Kitchen (and All Around the House)
|Hi! I’m Phyllis Fitzgerald from Louisville, KY, and have been on a mission for many years: To live lightly on the Earth. I try to live my life intentionally, doing what I love, advocating for healthy food and healthy living, loving family and friends, and creating a life that results in a sustainable Earth and a vibrant community.
At this website, you will find past issues of the “A Place on Earth” CSA weekly food notes, which suggest ways to use all of the food in a CSA weekly food box, including information about the food, and recipes/techniques for using seasonal foods. Eventually, all of the notes will be added: from 2006 through 2010. There are also some columns I have written for the Bardstown Road Farmers Market, and a sizable addition of miscellaneous Economist for the WAVE3 Sunrise Show, I listed tips for sustainable living that impact the Earth as recipes, cooking tips, advice on food preservation, and the occasional blog. In the book, “Phyllis’ Kitchen and All Around the House,” which I published many years ago when I was Home little as possible, and as time goes on, many of these tips will be added to this website.
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Live simply that others might simply live!
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WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT LOCAL FOOD & OTHER PRODUCTS?
Every year, I become more and more dedicated to buying local. That means local food, going to locally owned restaurants, hardware stores, clothing stores, and other local shops. Sometimes I have to go out of my way to shop local, but not often. In addition to belonging to a CSA (local), I patronize two farmers markets, and there is a locally owned supermarket, where I try to buy local/regional products. For instance, when I check the label on a product, such as flour, I look at the address of the place it is produced. In my case, that would be Weisenberger Mill, located near Frankfort, KY. If not available, the next closest is White Lily, produced in Knoxbille, TN. Forget the brands that have to be hauled hundreds or thousands of miles!
Where food is concerned, I also try to buy organic, when possible, and in the case of meat, try to learn about the farmer’s farming practices, avoiding hormones and antibiotics, as well as feed lots & CAFO’s (confined animal feeding operations.) At the farmers markets, I purchase home baked breads, pickles, jams, cheeses, etc. because I want to reward small businesses, especially cottage industries and small farmers who are struggling to make good products and make ends meet. I once purchased a can of organic tomatoes when in a terrible hurry at the grocery store, and was chagrinned to discover that they were grown and packaged in Italy. They also came on a long way on a boat. Yes, they were ok, but there are local or regional products that work perfectly well, and I do not need to buy canned tomatoes from Italy when I can get perfectly good tomatoes from Kentucky or the region.
So, why worry about local?
• I want to support independent entrepreneurs who are my neighbors, friends, and people who are supporting my community, spending their money in my community—not in California, Florida, and Washington state.
• If I purchase local/regional products, I can pay attention to what kind of corporate citizens I am supporting, make sure they use just practices, and treat their employees fairly. I vote with my $$! I don’t care to support corporations with unjust practices. How do I know what kind of corporate citizens they are? I check them out in the “Better World Shopping Guide,” a book available at most book stores that rates corporations according to several fair and just practices that I make for a better world.
• When products from far away are purchased, we not only pay for the products, but the transportation of the goods often causes air pollution and wear and tear on highways, which all of us have to pay with our tax dollars.
• Buy food in season, minimally packaged to avoid waste of paper, plastic, and other packaging, and reduce waste that must go into landfills.
One last concept: we as Americans are so determined to get bargains, that we are willing to overlook the fact that farmers, producers, clerks, etc. are often not paid a living wage, or have unsafe working conditions because of keeping the price down and the company profits high. Doesn’t it make more sense to shop local, and pay more so our friends and families and neighbors can earn a living wage, and live safer and more just lives?