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I’ve been thinking and pondering on the fact that eating local is easy during the spring and summer. The farmer’s markets are in full swing. There are greens and berries, veggies and fruit, potatoes and fish. And I still feel really good about our participation in the One Local Summer Challenge and Eat Local September Challenge.
But what about winter? It’s harder to make it work when you have to really look for local sources. You have to search for local produce, cook what’s in season and read labels, lots of labels. So I’m starting my own “Dark Days of Winter Eat Local Challenge”. It’s just for me, to keep me motivated. But if you’d like to participate, just leave your name, state and blog in the comments and you can play too.
My rules are simple.
- They only apply toÂ us – you can set your own if you decide to participate
- We have to cook one meal a week with at least 90% local ingredients
- I have to write about it – the triumphs and the challenges
- Local means a 200 mile radius for raw ingredients. For processed foods the company must be within 200 miles and committed to local sources.
- I’m going to keep it up through the end of the year, and then re-evaluate on New Year’s Day
I’m going to make aÂ personal commitment to one meal a week, more ifÂ we can. I’m also going to try to include others in our meals whenever possible so that our friends and family can experience the pleasures of local foods, even in the dark days of winter.
Updated: If you’re signing up and you want the “cute squash button”, here’s the code for it. (this has been corrected to make it work)
<a href=”http://urbanhennery.wordpress.com/?page_id=307″ mce_href=”http://urbanhennery.wordpress.com/?page_id=307″><img border=”0″ src=http://urbanhennery.wordpress.com/files/2007/10/darkdaysbutton.png /></a>
when you copy and paste it, you want to delete out this string in the first set of brackets (WordPress won’t let me take it out…)