If you're willing to hang with me here (knowing I'm not the last-word-expert on any of this), I'll give you a list of things that worked for us in our small farm start-up, in case you're dreaming (or acting on the dream) of starting one.
We love zucchini's mild flavor, melt-in-your mouth texture, and amazing versatility. But by summer's end, we all get a little weary of it, and the thought of throwing one more zucchini plank on the grill becomes something exciting no longer.
Secretly, I could live on chocolate and coffee. But don't tell anyone, since I make my living writing about vegetables. And my darkest secret is this: My favorite thing in the whole world is (or was) chicken pan drippings.
The impact of eating locally extends far beyond "food miles" or any other measurable data we've been encouraged to count the way dieters count calories. The issues on the table where local food is concerned are of keeping our communities, neighbors, loved ones and culture together over food.