{Advice} Locally Sourced Weddings

Feed your guests the best way possible at your wedding, by providing farm to table provisions.  In doing so you are also helping your local vegetable and dairy farms, even nearby cattle ranches or fisheries, by having their produce served at your wedding. In doing this gesture you are also helping the economy by keeping the financials local, to that farm and their employees, rather than money leaving the area/the state.

Beau-coup.com has come up with some great ways to get you thinking about your locally sourced wedding. Please read on to see their suggestions.

Think globally, eat locally.

These words have become part of a movement. Not only have people been scaling back on the size of their weddings, they’ve also been considering the impact of their event on the environment.

With so many brides and grooms concerned about environmental impact, many have turned to local food sourcing in order to have a more eco-friendly big day.

Definition of local sourcing:

Local sourcing quite literally means getting your meat and produce from local sources including neighborhood farms, farmers’ markets, and growers’ co-ops. And fortunately or unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), it also means that whatever menu you plan is limited by what is available during that particular local growing season.

Why locally sourced food is important.

A limited menu may sound a little daunting, but there are actually some pretty great reasons to source food locally.

Local food tends to be better for you.

The longer food takes to get to your table, the more potential there is for nutritional loss. Think of all the time the food spent sitting in a truck, then in a refrigerated warehouse, then on the grocery store shelf – all before it ever made it into your own fridge or pantry at home. That’s weeks’ worth of food losing vital nutrients and an increased risk that it could pick up food-borne illnesses in transit. When you purchase produce directly from a grower at a farmer’s market, you know exactly where it came from and when it was harvested.

Local food supports farming families.

Buying directly from a farmer or a growers’ co-op puts money directly into the hands of the people who work so hard to grow and produce that food. It gives them the money they need to keep operating local farms, which allows them to hire workers and in general helps build a stronger local economy.

Local food just plain looks and tastes better.

Instead of picking produce just before it’s ripe so that it can ripen in transit, local farmers harvest their crops at the peak of freshness. Local artisans can craft one-of-a-kind cheeses and fruit dishes, and local meat is less likely to have been treated at a large industrial plant. It was just produced and comes from just down the street, giving all that food a freshness you can really taste.

Local food gives you a chance to show off your town.

Because the kinds of foods available are limited by the local growing season, you have a chance to really show off your region’s flavors by putting together dishes that highlight in-season produce. See how creative you can get featuring one particular fruit or veggie, or try combining all the local in-season produce into one phenomenal menu that will have your guests raving.

Don't forget the wine! 

Include wine from your local vineyards to be served with your locally sourced entrees. People will really love this and might find out how to get more wine to take home with them as a souvenir from your wedding. Take that notion a step further by creating personalized wine labels, but making sure to keep the vineyard's name on those labels, and be sure to include if the wine is organic as well.  

How To Source Local Food

Stop by a local farmer’s market or co-op. If your wedding is a year or two off, consider trying out your own patio garden. See if there is a local fruit farm or orchard where you can pick your own fruit. As a bonus, fruit picking makes a fun activity you can do with the girls or guys of the wedding party in the days leading up to the wedding.

Visit local butchers to find out where to get the freshest beef, preferably grass fed.  For information on local sourcing, visit http://www.sustainabletable.org/254/local-regional-food-systems#gsc.tab=0.

Would you source food locally for your wedding? Have you attended a wedding that served locally sourced food? Share your story in the comments below!

All images seen here are to be found within this blog.  Below are links to the posts they were featured in:
Farm Fresh Sign-William Ines Photography//Veggies on Scale-J. Larose Studios//Vintage Local Farm Sign-William Ines Photography//Wine-All You Photo

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