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Subsisting only on locally grown food.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I've been paleo for 4 months now. I work on an organic farm and source about 60% of my food from it. The farm supplies yak, beef, lamb, pork, eggs, and vegetables. I supplement those with LOTS of fruit, macadamia nuts, seafood, and coconut milk. My question: will raising that 60% to 90% have any detrimental effects? I imagine it would start with a few days of carb-withdrawal. OTherwise though, will I be missing out on any nutrients? I plan on using lots of KerryGold to add fat.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:14 AM

No kidding! I'm in Ashburn. I like Leesburg better, though. :) We should meet up at the farmers market sometime. (Email me via my blog!)

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Hi blueballoon. I think we're practically neighbors after checking out your blog. (nice blog) I'm up in Leesburg.

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at 07:15 PM

I try to do the same thing...haven't really been eating nuts or coconut products because I want to support local sustainable food production...only thing I don't get right now is potatoes, since no one at the markets are selling them yet!

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at 06:48 PM

Geeze, that's awesome. Food envy, seriously.

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:11 PM

We ate 90% of our diet from one local farm last year (northern Virginia). The winter got boring, as we ate meat, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, garlic, onions, apples, some eggs, and cabbage nearly every day. It really did get boring, but it worked. My main cooking fat was lard in the winter months, though I did go to the store for citrus, olive oil, and spices.

I think you can do it in all likelihood unless there's a major crop failure or something. We lost access to winter squash last winter, and broccoli I think. That was a bummer. But I found that at least personally I gravitated towards those cold weather storage-type crops in the winter anyway. Soups and stews kind of ruled the day.

I say go for it. Make sure you get some organ meats and keep eating eggs as they're available. We didn't eat many in the winter, but it wasn't too bad!

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:14 AM

No kidding! I'm in Ashburn. I like Leesburg better, though. :) We should meet up at the farmers market sometime. (Email me via my blog!)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on July 13, 2012
at 11:50 PM

Hi blueballoon. I think we're practically neighbors after checking out your blog. (nice blog) I'm up in Leesburg.

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on July 13, 2012
at 08:12 PM

It's going to depend a bit on where you live and how good the food supplies there are, but generally I would say it's totally possible to eat 90% local without nutrient problems.

Most of the things I eat non-local aren't major contributors to my diet, with the exception of salmon, tuna, coconut products and avocados. I'd miss those dreadfully, but I don't think I'd have any problem surviving, even thriving here in northern Virginia year round.

Even in the dead of winter here the farmers market has meats including liver and lots of fatty cuts, eggs, local butter, hoop house grown greens in addition to hardier ones like collards. There's also plenty of stored apples and sweet potatoes. It might be a bit boring, but sounds like a complete diet to me.

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I eat about 90% local (though not quite as local as you!) & am doing great! Make sure you get some liver & organ meat every week & maybe some fish/seafood once a week.

Given that's how most folks lived/ate 10,000 years before the industrial revolution, you should do just fine.

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