Last week Todd mentioned this same idea and so the challenge was born!
I know this is rather last minute for many of you, seeing as how we’re starting our personal challenge this Wednesday, but I hope you’ll join me as we work to support our local farmers and also increase our health by eating fresher foods!
Benefits to eating locally:
1. The foods that are grown in close proximity to you are going to be the most nutritious. Instead of produce being picked before it’s ripe, and often treated with gases to control the ripening, it’s allowed to ripen in the ground or on the tree/bush/vine. Instead of being trucked across the country, losing nutrients everyday, many times you’ll be eating it the same day it was picked.
2. Locally grown food just tastes better! I’m amazed at how wonderfully delicious fresh picked peaches are – nothing like the ones I buy from the supermarket. Because they’ve been able to ripen on the tree, they’re packed with flavor! And all produce is like this as well. It just plain old tastes better when it’s ripe and fresh.
3. You eat the foods you need. I’m a big believer that locally grown and in season foods are the secret to health. Because of where we live, we all need to eat differently – my diet needs to be different than someone who lives in Arizona. The more I learn about foods and health, the more I see this connection to our seasons. The foods we need based on our sunlight exposure, activity levels, and temperatures, are all available at the times we need them most.
4. Buying locally grown and raised foods support your farmers. We vote every time we spend money, and what better way to show what types of food we want than to also help support our local farmers financially? This year especially, with drought conditions throughout the country, we need to be keeping the small family farms going!
Because we’re all at different points in our real food journey, and some of us have more resources than others, I thought it’d be easiest to come up with a few different categories to sign up for.
Purchase ALL local foods. This includes meat, dairy, eggs, and produce along with any other pantry staples that are available in your area. You can use previously purchased non-local foods, but from here on out source out foods from within 100 miles of your home. Pantry staples (beans, flour, spices, etc) can be purchased only if needed and essential, but buy them from a locally owned store versus a national chain if possible.
Purchase all local produce and at least 50% of your meat and eggs locally. Normal pantry staples can be purchased so as not to change your menu plans to drastically.
Purchase all local produce. Search out farmers markets and stands to purchase all of your produce locally.
Won’t you join me?
Enter your name (and blog if you have one) and what category you’ll be challenging yourself to below! You can also scroll down to grab the Eat Local buttons.
Each week I’ll post my own update as well as a linky so that you can post yours.