My New Baby

Because, you know, four blogs wasn’t enough so I thought I’d start a fifth.

It’s not QUITE the way I want it yet, but it’s close enough to unveil. I hope to improve it and make it more user friendly as it evolves and I get more content for it.

It’s called Eat Local Philly, and the purpose is to provide a resource for local food sources in the Philadelphia area but from a personal perspective. I want it to have a real voice, but also be a site that is useful and helps people find locally grown and produced foods in our area.

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The idea formed when I was out in Lancaster County visiting a farm and picking up some chickens and other farm fresh delights, and I stopped into this little local cheese shop that I’d noticed when I was out that way before but had never taken the time to investigate.  It was a great experience; the owner was so knowledgeable and delightful to visit with.  I wanted to blog about it, but I figured, what do my readers all over the country care about this cute little third-generation, family-owned cheese shop I just discovered out in Amish country?  And then I started thinking…

A few days later, my husband and I got lost on some back roads not far from our house.  It was a pretty Saturday and the kids were mellow so we decided to stop by a small vineyard we happened across.  Again, it was a fun discovery and I thought some more…

Long story longer, the next thing I knew I had a new blog!  But this is more of a website, and it’s stretching the limits of my design capabilities to try and figure out how to style a blog to look and act like a website.  Thank goodness Cathy at Desperately Seeking WordPress has agreed to come to my rescue.  In a few days you may see some changes, but for now it’s up and running and I’M SO TOTALLY OBSESSED WITH IT, please go take a look and tell me how pretty it is, even if you live on the West coast and will never need to know where to find a farm in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

But oh hey.  If you ARE from Philly (or anywhere within a couple hours drive) and you know of some great places to get local foods, I’d love it if you’d tell me about them.  I’m taking submissions because I can’t possibly cover the whole region by myself, although I’m going to do my best!

I’ve also crossed over to the dark side and created a Facebook Page.  Feel free to “like” me.  I’m hoping to get some good conversations going on the Discussion Board.

So that’s what I’ve been up to.  How about you?