You can always go to a supermarket to pick up all the groceries that you want. Prepackaged stuff is everywhere, frozen dinners are about as easy as you get, and you could live entirely off of microwavable food if you want. However, there are definite benefits to gathering food naturally or organically. Though sometimes those terms can be somewhat ubiquitous, at least focusing on the ideas of natural food production can help you gather your nutrition in a responsible manner.
For instance, you can get your food through hunting, personal gardening, local sourcing, or even out hiking. All of these ways allow you a more direct route to the food that you eat, and in many cases it’s more socially responsible as well as community-oriented.
If you are a hunter, then why not hunt animals that can provide meat for food? That way, you get the direct connection to nature when you’re hunting, and then there are great wild game recipes that you can prepare, and not only will the food taste better, you will also know where it’s been from forest to table. No preservatives for you!
There’s also organic farming and gardening on a super local level. Basically, this means that when planting season comes in your neck of the woods, you plant a garden! You can have things like tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, carrots, potatoes, onions, and a million other different things. These all grow fairly easily in backyard gardens, and with a little bit of knowledge and equipment, you can really make it go a long way. A few seeds can easily provide a whole season of fresh fruit and vegetables, and it’s enjoyable to go through the learning experience of growing your own food as well.
For those of you who don’t really have time to grow your own food, but still want organic produce and such, you can use local sourcing to get your fruits and vegetables. Especially if you live in or around a farming community, you can almost always find local sellers that put out their produce something like a farmer’s market.Many people swear that organically grown local food tastes far better than anything they find in major supermarkets as well. Sometimes you can work half of his equation and find locally grown stuff at your major local supermarkets, but even then, it’s not quite that direct route as buying directly from the farmer.
And finally, if you like things like wild strawberries, wild raspberries, wild blackberries, or even wild mushrooms, you can find them while you are out hiking. Though you need to make sure you know what you’re doing, hunting for wild mushrooms to eat is a great pastime for people who know where to find them. Just be aware that there are lots of poisonous mushrooms out there, so always hike with someone experienced in this field.