The Eat Local Challenge Has Begun!
Monday may be the dawn of a new week for most, but for those participating in the Mighty Appetite Eat Local Challenge (ELC), it's already Day Three. Since Saturday, July 19, 54 households around the country have pledged to incorporate 10 local food items into their diets for a week-long eating experiment. "Local" in this case means 100 miles from home, wherever home may be. (See the ELC Honor Roll for the geographic distribution of participants.)
There are no Eat Local police on the scene issuing demerits for the use of non-local products, nor is anyone going to notice if your local perimeter extends to 150 miles. ELCers need not submit their shopping lists for approval (but they are certainly free to share them in the comments area all week long). Rather, the idea behind the ELC is to observe -- and ask ourselves what, if anything, happens when we focus our attention on sourcing our dietary intake from our respective food sheds than via an any-town warehouse-style supermarket? Is it easier -- or more difficult -- than you imagined? Is it more or less expensive? Is it fun or is it driving you crazy? Can you taste a difference?
All week long, you'll have the opportunity to respond to these questions and discuss any other issues that inevitably will present themselves in the course of doing this experiment. In addition, five guest bloggers from different parts of the country will be sharing their ELC experiences and lessons learned along the way.
On Tuesday, July 22, you'll meet Kelly from Westborough, Mass. Thursday, July 24, Alison and her husband Scott, in Dallas, Tex., are on tap (as is Claire from Auburn, Ala.), and we'll do a recap next Monday, July 28, with ELCers on opposite ends of the country -- Sheila and David of Portland, Ore., and Jon, who's right here in D.C.
And yes, despite the fact that movers are packing up my house one week from today, I am joining you in your efforts! Here's what I picked up over the weekend from two nearby farm markets (Arlington Courthouse on Saturday and Columbia Pike on Sunday):
Whole chicken, chicken livers, dozen eggs and some bacon (Smith Fresh Meats, Berryville, Va.)
Cucumbers and a pint of sun gold tomatoes (Red Rake Farm, Hanover, Va.)
Four Early Girl tomatoes (Wheatland Vegetable Farm, Loudon County)
Cantaloupe, potatoes and long beans (Pleasant Fields Farm, Hanover, Va.)
A few heads of garlic (Potomac Vegetable Farms, Vienna and Purcellville,Va.)
Quart sweet cherries (Toigo Orchards, Shippensburg, Pa.)
Half and half for my (non-local) coffee, plain yogurt for my breakfast smoothies and butter for those chicken livers (J-Wenn Dairy, Harrisonville, Pa.)
Pint blueberries (Flowers of the Forest Farm, Great Mills, Md.)
Little onions, almost shallot-looking, and a head of red-leaf lettuce (Stoney Brook Farm, Hillsboro, Va.)
Oregano and thyme from the back yard at Casa Appetite
Last night's supper was an ELC delight: that whole chicken, roasted with garlic and backyard oregano, (non-local exceptions: salt, olive oil, black pepper and a pre-ELC lemon), a salad of sun-gold tomatoes and cukes and a few potatoes, also roasted, with more garlic and fresh backyard thyme. For lunch today, I'm thinking a local BLT on bread from Bonaparte Breads of Savage, Md., or shredding chicken leftovers into a salad. Or maybe...some of that cantaloupe? Too many wonderful local choices.
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