Here we are at the end of the first week of September and I forgot to post about a special food event going on this month! My brother-in-law, Jeff, is participating in this September’s Eat Local Challenge. The idea is to define what you mean by “local” (usually about a 100-mile radius) and then choose to eat foods that are primarily produced in that area. September is a great time to try this, as even northern climates have a bountiful harvest with plenty of variety.
The idea is to reduce the amount of waste and pollution that goes into transporting food to you. The farther a tomato has to travel, the more carbon dioxide goes into the air.
Of course, there are other ways to participate if a 100% local diet does not sound feasible (as I will probably not be able to do!). One idea is to visit a local market once a week, or focus on making one local meal per week. Check out a related blog that challenges contributers to do just that, called One Local Summer. Yes, we are coming into this a little late, but it’s better that than never!