Why Should I Eat Locally Grown Foods? The Power of the Local Community
DHiT – The Hague in Transition facilitates the coming together of the local community to make positive changes in their way of living, housing and working. From the greening of the neighborhood and the exchange of services to the more conscious use of energy, waste and consumption.
We work with residents, neighborhood gardens, schools, small businesses, the City Council, (inter) national organizations and other interest groups to promote local resilience and to make life less oil-dependent, more sustainable and more social.
Because of DHiT, many great initiatives have been started. One of them is the possibility to buy locally grown vegetables. Every Wednesday evening you can pick up a box of 5 kg fresh vegetables in the city center of The Hague. All you have to do is write a quick email to say that you’re coming, bring 10 euros and in return you get a big box of locally grown veggies. There’s no choice, you get what’s in season, perfect!
5 kg Vegetables | 1 Week of Recipes
I tried this for the first time and it’s been a great experience. Firstly because you’re excited for what’s in the box – I didn’t recognize everything. Secondly, you have to get creative with recipes. As you can pick up a box every week, I thought I’d use the contents of this box for a whole week of cooking.
The contents of my box:
- 1 king size courgette
- 3 cucumbers
- a few leafs of black cabbage
- 10 mini cucumbers
- 1 box of mixed tomatoes (cherry, plum)
- 3 aubergines (eggplant)
- 1 box of cherries
- 3 beets
- 2 small cabbages
- 1 broccoflower/Romanesco broccoli
- 1 basket of string beans
Let’s get cooking!