This is an archive page for the first half of the 2007-2008 Dark Days Eat Local Challenge. All posts from all Dark Days Challenges can be found here. Information about joining the 3rd Annual (2009-2010) Dark Days Challenge is here.
What is it?
It’s a challenge to continue cooking at least one local meal through the leaner days of winter. Your ingredients can come from your freezer, pantry, cold storage or local sources like farmers and other producers.
The rules are simple.
- Each participant can set their own rules, but generally they are:
- We have to cook one meal a week with at least 90% local ingredients
- We 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.
- Keep it up through the end of the year, and then re-evaluate on New Year’s Day
- The challenge starts now, or whenever you sign up.
I’m going to make a personal commitment to one meal a week, more if 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.
I’m going to have to say that 32 is it – that’s about as many blogs as I can manage to review each Friday/Saturday. If you’d like to play along on your own, you’re welcome to – just please add your recap into the comments section each week.
- Anita at Married with Dinner (San Francisco)
- Donna at Chocolate Crayons & More (Oregon)
- thisKat at Dirt to Dish (Oregon)
- Laura at Hello, Sunshine (Washington)
- Marcia in Wyoming
- Ellen at The Daily Grind (Colorado)
- Melinda at Elements in Time (California)
- LeeAnn at Apostle to Suburbia (Washington)
- Katrina at Kale for Sale (California)
- Saara at Skagit Foodshed (Washington)
- Jennye at Wool Fairy (California)
- KMBerrien at Feeding the Boogie (California)
- Anne at Green Leanings (central Ohio)
- Chessa at Maybe Local (Michigan)
- FarmMom at Children in the Corn (Michigan)
- My Mom at Come Play Outdoors, blog in development (Minnesota)
- Penny at Penelopedia (Minnesota)
- Connie (Wisconsin)
- Daniela at the Culinary Student (Chicago)
- Valereee at Cincinnati Locavore (Cincinnati)
- Kim at Yankee Food (New England)
- Caroline at A Rowhouse Kitchen (East Coast)
- Peg at Orchards Forever (New York)
- Christy O at Farm Dreams (Delaware)
- S at The Student Stomach (Pennsylvania)
- Ed at The Slow Cook (Washington DC)
- Sarah at Cucina Bella (Connecticut)
- Wendy at Happily Home (Maine)
- Danielle at Touch the Earth Farm (Maryland)
- Beth at Sustainable Food Blog
- Nicole at Farm to Philly (Philly)
- Jasmine at Knitting 40 Shades of Green (Northern Virginia)
- The Purloined Letter (Maryland)
- Leda at Leda’s Urban Homestead
- Sophie at Locavores (Connecticut)