Farmer's Markets: Don't overlook the obvious. Check out community farmer's markets for locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, and locally produced cage-free eggs.
Local Dairies: Do you have any dairies in your area? If so, check them out to see if their products are natural and hormone-free. Many dairies offer home deliver of milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, cream, and other foods.
Gardening and Agriculture Clubs: Make friends with your local gardening clubs and agriculture clubs. Find out if any of your plant-minded pals are growing a surplus of vegetables, fruits, or herbs you might need. Try to set up a food swap at the end of the growing season to share in the surplus of the harvest.
Natural Foods Markets: Grocers who specialize in selling natural, unprocessed foods often carry locally produced items, as well. From locally grown organic apples to an ultra-nutritious bread made by a local bakery, natural foods markets frequently offer a constant variety of the best locally sourced ingredients.
Grocery Stores: Yes, the regular old grocery store also offers locally produced ingredients. Look for juices, produce, nuts, baked goods, and cheeses produced locally. Ask a store manager to show you what is available.
When cooking with local foods, let the natural flavors of your ingredients carry the dish. Don't over spice or over-process your recipes. Enjoying local cuisine, made with local ingredients, is a great way to eat, and it's well worth the extra grocery shopping effort to make it happen!