I discovered, through Planet Raw Milk, this wonderful blog entitled "Life Begins at 30." Luck for me, I am not even alive just yet- two more years of gestating in my 20s. The thirtysomethings are offering a blogosphere Eat Local Challenge for the month of August. I am a big advocate for eating locally, so I am game.
Here are the Locavores' guidelines:
-- Whenever possible, buy, eat and cook local -- i.e. within the foodshed.
-- If not locally produced, then organic. This choice generally protects the environment and your body from chemicals and hormones.
-- If not organic, then family farm. If it comes down to Kraft versus Cabot (a dairy co-op in Vermont), choose Cabot.
-- If not family farm, then local business. Coffee and wheat products may be difficult. At least support a local coffee-roasting house and local bakery.
-- If not a local business, then go for terroir. Purchase foods that express the region they are grown in and support the local agriculture. If you're buying Brie, by it from Brie, France; if Parmesan cheese, from Parma, Italy.
Sarah's Local Food Challenge:
1. What's your definition of local for this challenge?
I am including anything that I get from a family farm around the Chesapeake watershed area. I am going to Michigan next week to get some blueberries, but since I will be there in Michigan and obtaining the berries myself from a locally-owned farm, I figure that this counts.
2. What exemptions will you claim?
Exemptions will include tea and olive oil. I can try to find an alternative, Maryland-grown beverage, though. If I do go out for coffee, then it will be to a local coffee shop and never to Starbuck or some such chain. I do tend to eat out often with friends, so during August we will only go to places that are locally owned and preferrably restuarants that use organic foods. I might be able to get away with using butter instead of olive oil, but that doesn't work so well on salads. Hmmm...
3. What is your personal goal for the month?
My goal is to eat 80% of my diet from local sources. August is a good month to start since there is much to choose from. February will be a bit more challenging! When I am instated at the director of domestic affairs at Lakeside Drive, I will go our grocery shopping at farms or the farmer's markets, so this August will be good practice for us!