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The Eat Well Guide, or, How I Found McClain's Flying Leatherneck Ranch, and More

Posted Oct 21 2008 12:13am

Gotta' tell you about my new favorite thing. It's a site called the Eat Well Guide, at www.eatwellguide.org, which is touted as "the easiest and most comprehensive way for you to find wholesome, fresh, sustainable food in the U.S. and Canada." And it is! You simply type in your ZIP code and indicate the miles from your home in which you want search results and, bam, there you go. A carefully edited list of bed & breakfasts, caterers, farms, restaurants, stores and markets within your foodshed!

The highest miles you can enter is 200, so it's foodshed-focused. I found 5 bed & breakfasts, 1 caterer (come on, caterers, get with the program!), 107 farms, 18 restaurants, and 66 stores and markets. PLUS 133 delicious recipes, 208 online sources and 3 organizations that work to help small farms. Wow. Lots with which to work here! Without the Eat Well Guide, I never would have found McClains' Flying Leatherneck Ranch, the Spinning Spider Creamery, or God's Way CSA. I can always order through the mail from the BirdBrain Ostrich Farm. Wait--don't get me going on my slippery slope to vegetarianism again . . .

Got any travels coming up? No need to settle for Subway on the highway and the local tourist joints at your destination. Tap into the Eat Well Guide and get the inside dirt on local, sustainable places to stay and eat, and know you are supporting the local foodshed wherever you go.
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