Tomorrow is the first day of the 2007 Eat Local Challenge, and I’m in. Or I will be, after we get home to Seattle Tuesday from a long weekend away. (I’ll try to eat locally as much as I can this weekend, too, but I’m not yet sure what that will look like. What will be available in the eastern Sierra? I’ll let you know.)
Much of the food we eat now comes from our local farmers’ markets, where we are able to buy not only fruits and vegetables, but eggs, milk, cheese, chicken, fish, shellfish, meat, honey, bread, grains, flours, herbs and vinegars. In September, I plan to increase the percentage of local foods in my diet to almost 100 percent. I say almost because there are some exceptions — foods not grown in Washington, the lack of which would negatively effect my quality of life.
What’s missing from our locally-grown larder? Coffee (not only my quality of life would be diminished by its absence!), chocolate, citrus, spices. I won’t give those up, but I will purchase them from local roasters, chocolatiers, and grocers.
I’ll let you know how it goes.