- Distribution rights The intent of this website is to enable people to more readily find truly fresh, nutrient–dense foods that are often so difficult to find (because they are typically grown/raised by micro farmers and distributed by micro retailers). Therefore, you may use the information on this website (or portions of it) any way you see fit (with or without alteration), with or without credit given to this website. Feel free to copy it wholesale and call it your own; we encourage it.
- Listings There is never a cost to be listed on localfoodsouthflorida.org. Absolutely no retailer paid (or can pay) to be on this website except in the clearly delineated ads.
- We are oriented towards the buyer, not the vendor/farmer. No one pays to be on this website, none have paid for ads on the site, and few provide links to this website from their own websites. Given our orientation towards the buyer, we would like to provide much more information so one can compare vendors/farms. However, it’s just not possible: information on vendors’ websites/Facebook pages is often long out of date, phone calls are mostly unreturned and emails almost never are. In addition, vendors constantly change their practices and what they carry to adjust to new customers. It is impossible to keep up, particularly when vendors are not forthcoming with information. Thus, you will have to do some work on your own.
- Raw food Should you choose to eat your food (dairy, fish, meat, produce) raw, your safest local sources for that food are those on this website. Any “consumer product” that need to be cooked, irradiated, pasteurized, or washed with chemical disinfectants to make those edible products “safe” are probably “consumed” at one’s eventual peril.
- Questions to ask farmers Unfortunately, farmers are typically poor marketers so they don't think to provide handouts that answer your questions. You must ask. The most important questions to ask are: for produce “When was this picked?” and for animal items “What do the animals eat?”. For more questions, see sustainabletable.com. For questions to ask a raw milk farmer, see traditional-foods.com.
- What food desert? While it may seem otherwise, one look at this website tells you that South Florida is absolutely not a food desert. Food (not just edible “consumer products”) is plentiful. For example, some of the best produce sold in Miami–Dade is sold at farmers’ markets in areas labelled “food deserts” (the residents simply don’t know where to look or have trouble getting to the markets).
- Is this type of food worth it? It is easy to go to any place selling organic/pastured food, take a look at the people buying said food and conclude that they do not look particularly healthy. This is misleading. No one gives up the lower price/superior convenience of grocery stores or dollar menus until their health has declined enough and allopathic medicine’s drugs provided insufficient relief to re–orient their spending patterns and lifestyle to pay much more for ingredients, drive all over town to get them, learn to cook, etc. They are the victims of calorie–rich, nutrient–poor food, combined with the poor digestion they’ve had for a long time (since birth?). Of course they don’t look healthy. We must instead look at their children, particularly the children who’ve been fed that same diet since birth/pre–conception and ideally been fed a diet close to the Weston Price principles. Here we find children that in no way, shape, or form resemble their Standard American Diet-eating, “Round Up–Ready” playmates. These are children who get few to no tooth cavities, have a wider lower jar, meaning their teeth grow in straight (no braces), get few or no infections, and most importantly for the sanity of their parents, are simply calm. Spend just 15 minutes with groups of both types of children and it is easy to conclude which you’d rather have at your own home.
- Carbon The most revolutionary thing one can do is switch to a locally grown and/or pastured animal diet (for your own health, animal welfare and the environment). Indeed, biodynamic farmers estimate that if we could get our animals out of CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) and back on to pasture, we could put twice as much carbon into soil as climate scientists estimate is necessary to halt global warming. See video (Allan Savory on TED).
- It’s really all about price The Wall Street Journal reports that small family farms who run CAFO chicken farms receive an average of only $0.05 (5 cents) per pound when they deliver their chickens to abattoirs for processing. At that price (for fully raising a chicken), no one can realistically expect a farmer to be able to give their animals the attention, care, or feed large scale industry would like us to believe they get.
- Primary & secondary vendors This website originally encompassed only the best possible local sources for truly fresh, nutrient–dense artisanal foods, dairy, eggs, fish, meat, produce and provisions. It has been expanded to include secondary sources in produce both to assist our neighbors as they produce better food (versus edible “consumer products”) and because virtually no one among us has access to (or can afford) the best possible food all the time. You can safely assume that primary sources on this list treat their animals, plants and soils as they should be treated; secondary sources like produce buying clubs and some farmers’ markets are close behind. For animals, this means solely pastured raised, humanely treated, and eating the diet nature has laid out for them, rather than the cheaper diet fed to most animals by man.
- Website info This website was created in Freeway Express, using Apple Macintosh equipment. Hosting is by a Mac–based web hosting company, MacHighway. Except for the html text used in the body copy, all type is from Adobe. We strongly encourage others to develop similar websites for other areas of the country (if none already exist).