Get to know a farmer
Everywhere there are farmers, there are farmers markets not far away, which not surprisingly are the best places to get locally grown produce. Most also have locally raised meat and eggs and some indoor markets carry on through the winter.
Read a book
The Omnivore’s Dilemma ($19, Penguin, 2006) by Michael Pollan. In his exhaustive and funny breakdown of three different meals, New York Times Magazine contributor Pollan gets to the bottom of the big questions about where our food comes from.
Put down the whale burger
Local and sustainable go hand in hand. SeaChoice.org, run by a group of five Canadian nonprofits, provides a comprehensive list of seafoods and their various proximities to extinction.