There’s been lots of buzz about the virtues of buying local — particularly buying (and eating) local foods. It’s reminded me that all of the things that are good about local food are at their very best with breastfeeding. Think about it: freshness, superior flavor (if you doubt me, try tasting some formula), no transportation costs (breasts and baby are in the same house already!), a personal relationship with the producer (can it get more personal than a mother and baby?), and no mystery processing steps (other than the wonderful magic that happens when any plant or animal grows).
If you’re wanting tasty, nutritious, fresh, local food for family members that are too old for breastmilk, now is a good time of year to start looking into a 2009 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. The Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) lists many local options.