Dec
29
2009

  Locally Grown Food Challenge

One of my friends has issued a challenge that we all try to eat a minimum of one locally-grown food item per day for 21 days, starting January 1.

At first this seemed reasonable, until I realized it was the off-season. What's locally grown in the winter? Terry has some turnips and radishes, but that's only two items, not 21.

But I've been thinking about it, and I think I'll give it a try. The key will be to find some local food that has been preserved. I'm sending emails to my friends with gardens, seeing if perhaps they froze or canned some of their produce and would be willing to share with me.

I didn't save much this year. First of all, Terry didn't get much from his summer garden outside of potatoes and shallots (and we just finished the last of the potatoes last week, darn it!), certainly not enough for me to preserve any extra. And we didn't belong to a CSA or anything (I was kind of relying on Terry to provide. . .). So I'll only be able to count on one day for us for sure, because I'm pretty sure we have a few shallots left. It's possible we have some frozen blackberries, as well, although I think we did a pretty good job of eating them in season. . .

I'll send Terry out to see if there's anything in his garden under all that snow. There might be a few more turnips, and I'll make him pluck some lettuce even if it's small. My rosemary is probably still good out there in the kitchen garden.

I can make a trip to the local beef farm, that'll be good for several days' worth of food. And it just now occurred to me that with all the wineries around here, I can fill in most of the days with local wine. Easy-peasy. I already have local honey, and I can probably get local jelly from the wineries if not other places.

So I'll take the challenge, why not? I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. If I want to change something, I like to start whenever I get the idea, not wait for the beginning of the next year.

And since I just watched the film "Julie & Julia" I'm all into blogging about the experience. Except you all won't have to hear about it for a year, just 21 days, starting on Friday.