Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway!

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Do you ever think about where your food comes from? Not just that beautiful produce that you pick up in the farmer’s market, but your meats, dairy and other staples too. For me, it’s easy to find out where some of our food comes from. There are a few u-pick farms in my area that we go to. That makes it easy for my whole family to see where their food comes from. Another place we frequently go is a small produce market that carries lots of locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. They clearly label all every produce’s origin. I love that. I also get local honey there.

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

But for my meats, cheeses and other staples that I buy in the grocery store, I usually have no idea of their origin. I would love to know though. With fish, you can usually ask the guy at the fish counter where it came from, or look at the back of the bag on pre-packaged frozen fish. For my family, we always stay away from most all fish raised in China.

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

I feel the same way most Americans do, I am concerned about how my food is being grown or raised and how it’s processed. I want to be sure that what I’m serving my family is safe for us. I want to know it’s healthy, not just for our short term health, but also for our long term health too.

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Because we as Americans have so many questions about our food, America’s farmers and ranchers founded the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) in 2010 to start and lead an honest dialogue about American agriculture. They have an incredibly informative site and even  “Learn About Your Food Videos.” They also have a blog that is updated frequently and answers lots of questions.  You can also visit them on their facebook page here, facebook.com/USFarmersandRanchers. They are on twitter too, twitter.com/USFRA

Do you have any questions that you would love to ask about your food? Feel free to post your questions on their site, FoodDialogues.com, or on their facebook page to get some honest answers from real farmers and ranchers.

Now time for the giveaway!

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway! by EclecticRecipes.com #recipe

We’re giving away too one lucky reader this Crock-Pot Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker and two reusable designer shopping bags (here and here)

To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment below. For additional entries share this post on twitter or facebook using the buttons below. Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

Us entrants only. Giveaway ends April 19.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are my own.

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55 Responses to “Where Does Your Food Come From? And a Giveaway!”

  1. 1
    Tracy — April 11, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Cute bags.

  2. 2
    Belinda @zomppa — April 11, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    So glad that more and more people are waking up and that there are great resources to speak up!

  3. 3
    Athena — April 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Awesome giveaway! I love the bags too.

  4. 5
    Karan S — April 11, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    This really makes me think even more about my food. I always go for local food first, you know exactly where the food is from.

  5. 6
    Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon — April 11, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    I struggle to buy food without wrecking my grocery budget. Often, I can’t pay the higher price for things that are locally sourced or from smaller producers. I do it when I can but I wish I could do it more often.
    Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon´s last blog post ..Crunchy Granola

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    Patricia Pinkston — April 11, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Great giveaway! Those bags are really cute.

  7. 8
    Carolyn — April 11, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    Living in Florida we have farmer’s stands everywhere and lots of locally grown produce and meats………..

  8. 9
    Allison — April 11, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    I am very concious of where the food I buy comes from and that is why I try to purchase from local farmers whenever possible!
    Allison´s last blog post ..Weekly Meal Plan [and a fun video!]

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    Kristen — April 11, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Those bags are so cute!

  10. 11
    Megan — April 11, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Always go to the backyard, or local! Thanks for the chance!

  11. 12
    Lynda Needleman — April 11, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Awesome giveaway.

  12. 13
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 11, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Absolutely agree! xoxo
    Paula – bell’alimento´s last blog post ..Pioneer Woman’s Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce + {GIVEAWAY}

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    Camille — April 11, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Awesome! I need a crockpot!

  14. 15
    Cori — April 11, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Love the giveaway!

  15. 16
    Stacey — April 11, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    Cute bags!

  16. 17
    Heather — April 11, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    What a great giveaway!

  17. 18
    Feast on the Cheap — April 11, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    I totally need this crockpot (and those bags are too cute)
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    Feast on the Cheap — April 11, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Tweeted about this!
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    Jessica F — April 11, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Awesome! I love using slow cookers and would love a programmable one… mine only has high or low settings, but really, who is home in just 8 hours anymore?!

  20. 21
    Jessica F — April 11, 2012 @ 10:41 pm
  21. 22
    Gail — April 11, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the contest

  22. 23
    Patricia — April 12, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    We have a great local produce market with good prices, guess we are really lucky. Would love to be able to use recycleable bags instead of all the plastic bags we end up with. A programmable slow cooker could solve a number of timing situatiions.

  23. 24
    Vonda Kay — April 12, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Love, Love your site. Thanks for sharing :)

  24. 25
    Kathleen Holmlund — April 12, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I’m always on a mission to know where my food comes from. Is it organic, how far has it had to travel, is it in season, etc… We owe it to our health, our local farmers and our whole planet.
    Kathleen Holmlund´s last blog post ..Calling (Meat) Eaters: Vegan Ma Po Tofu

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    Michael Meyer — April 12, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Living in Florida, with it multiple growing seasons, I find it surprising that so much of our fruits and vegetables come from Mexico, Central and South America. I go to local farmers’ markets were much of what’s offered is not produced by local farmers.

  26. 27
    Mike G. — April 12, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    I buy local whenever and wherever I can.

  27. 28
    Cassie M. — April 13, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Oh, that’s fascinating! I absolutely love your site and all the recipes you post. Thanks for being a fantastic blogger!

  28. 29
    Mb — April 13, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    awesome giveaway!

  29. 30
    Lydia — April 13, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    LOVE the bags. I try to buy local as much as possible.. It’s good for ALL of us..

  30. 31
    Julie — April 13, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    wonderful giveaway
    great reminder of what’s in our food thanks

  31. 32
    Julie — April 13, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    liked post fb Julie A Scott Laws

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    Erica — April 13, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    We only eat organic fruits and vegetables here and I Love to buy them from local farms!
    Erica´s last blog post ..Monterey Gourmet Review and $100 Giveaway!

  33. 34
    Laura Jacobson — April 14, 2012 @ 1:46 am

    Oh what a fun giveaway! I would love to learn more about the food and where it comes from! Very informative videos on their site!

  34. 35
    Laura Jacobson — April 14, 2012 @ 1:47 am
  35. 36
    Michelle — April 14, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

    Great question and a great giveaway. I just recently found out that you can also find out where your milk comes from.

  36. 37
    Suzanne Matson — April 15, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Thank you for the on going information on various things and the giveaway.

  37. 38
    Katie T — April 16, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I agree – great question and a wonderful giveaway! Living in the North East, we don’t always have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, so we do a lot of shopping at our local grocery stores. Sometimes we splurge and buy some beautiful organic produce at Whole Foods. In the Summer and Fall, we frequent local farm stands. Last summer, we joined a CSA, which was an awesome way to get farm-fresh produce, eggs, and honey.

  38. 39
    Michelle Martini — April 16, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Great topic, great giveaway.

  39. 40
    Sarah S — April 17, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Great giveaway!
    Sarah S´s last blog post ..Cheddar Topped Shepherd’s Pie

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    Carmen — April 17, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    I am a big advocate for knowing where our food comes from. That is why we try to grow or raise what we can, and buy local when that isn’t possible.

  41. 42
    Cat — April 18, 2012 @ 3:31 am

    I think it’s important to know where my food comes from and thus make a great effort to buy local

  42. 45
    Naomi from chimney hood — April 18, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    You know what? This is quite thought provoking. I live in the UK and I am not sure that anyone gives a dam where the food we eat come from! Honestly, very good topic. Shame I won’t be getting a giveaway!
    Thanks for the very good discussion
    Naomi
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    Carmen — April 18, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    I am so happy to learn about USFRA – thanks!

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