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Locavore

Locavore

Locavore

Location: Berkeley Farmer's Market, Berkeley, CA

Featuring: Santa Bariani (Bariani Olive Oil), Ted Fuller (Highland Hills Ranch), John Lagier (Lagier Ranch), Eduardo Morell (Morrell Bakery), Annabelle Lenderink (La Tercera), and Jessica Prentice (The Locavore)

A locavore is someone who gives precedence to food that's locally grown. In many cases, this leaders the locavore to know who grows his or her food.

Jessica Prentice, a Bay Area chef, food writer, and community kitchen incubator, created the term in 2005. According to her, the term means a person who bases their diet on foods that are grown and produced in the geographic region where they live, are in touch with the seasonality of their food systems, and seek to cultivate relationships with local producers and processors. Locavores also have some kind of hands-on interaction with their food (cooking, gardens, baking, fermenting) either domestically or professionally.

Prentice coined locavore by first looking at the Latin root for "place" -- locus, which is how we get words like "local" and "locomotion" -- then coupling it with the vorare, the Latin verb for "to eat" or "to swallow." It's also the root for "devour" and "carnivore." Putting the two roots together gave her locavore.

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Interesting to read Jessica's explanation of the term she coined, specifically this part: "Locavores also have some kind of hands-on interaction with their food (cooking, gardens, baking, fermenting) either domestically or professionally." I haven't thought of a locavore as someone who is involved in the food world, so much as simply a consumer.

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