Ever visited friends or relatives in Europe? If so, maybe you've been impressed, as I was, with how much Europeans walk or bike for their various daily errands. Our friends and relative in Germany and Holland wouldn't think of wasting gas to go out and pick up groceries, for instance. They'd head out to a local market on foot, or on a bicycle equipped with a little carrier basket, instead, and reap the multiple advantages of better health, trimmer waistlines, lower fuel costs, and cleaner local air!
Now, part of the reason for that is that Europeans have eschewed ourr typical suburban sprawl, so that local markets, bakeries, butchers, etc., are all in pretty close proximity to our friends' homes. But I've started wondering whether I couldn't put some of that "walk-or-bike" mentality into practice here at home.
Now, if anybody lives in an area that's not conducive to this concept, I do! Bosque Farms, NM, is half an hour outside Albuquerque, and is so small that we don't even have a supermarket in town, and our post office is shared with, and located in, neighboring Peralta, New Mexico! Nonetheless, it seems to me that I could profit by taking the time to walk or bike whewnever possible, and a two-mile radius seemed to me to be a reasonable distance to consider. I can walk two miles in half an hour, or bike it in half that time, so I started to investigate what I could find within that distance of my home.
As you'll notice from the map at right, a two-mile radius frorm my home takes in a huge percentage of areas that are, shopping-wise, a good deal less than useful! I can, for instance,
None of these are terribly helpful from a shopping perspective! (Although I can purchase some of the wonderful, completely local raw milk that I wrote about in a recent post, directly from one of my Bosque Farms neighbors, Sunshine Dairy.)
But really, the only direction in which I can reach anything remotely "shoppable" is to the east, on Bosque Loop and Highway 47. And there is still not a Walmart or superermarket to be found. But I did find a lot of wonderful small businesses, locally owned, featuring local products that I can patronize while getting some great exercise as well! Here are some of my great local options:
So, OK, here in Bosque Farms, where it's a 15-minute drive to the nearest supermarket, I still find I can walk or bike to get organic food, fresh produce, local milk, honey, and apples, restaurant meals, and half a dozen leisure activities. And it's a plus for my figure, my pocketbook, and my carbon-footprint! What's in your 2-mile circle?
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