Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's Over.

The Eat Local Challenge is over. And what did I eat on the first day that I hadn't pledged to my Co-op to eat locally?

Tomatoes and basil from the garden. Locally baked French bread. Beans from a local farm. Biscuits made from local flour and homemade jam.

This is pretty remarkable considering that about a week into the challenge I was planning how many avocados I would buy on September 1! This challenge was more challenging for me than past years with unexpected travels and an awful cold interfering. But once I got back on track, it wasn't too hard to at least meet the 50% level. And some days the only non-local foods I enjoyed were a bit of Hawaiian pink salt and a slice of vegan mozzarella.

But what I'm really trying to say here is that eating locally can be a routine. It can be totally normal. So normal that you can actually forget that it's only a one-month challenge and make it part of your everyday life.

That said, I did pick up an avocado tonight. But I ate it with homemade salsa verde (garden tomatillos) and local corn tortilla chips. The main dish was a layered casserole of locally made corn tortillas, homemade refried beans (locally grown beans), garden tomatoes, salsa verde and a bit of Vegan Gourmet cheeze.

It took all of about 20 minutes to assemble this rockin' meal. You can do this, too.


The Voracious Vegan said...

Congrats on eating local! That photo is making my mouth water, looks delicious.

Amber said...

Eat local / buy local has for sure become a routine for me. Especially since my coop makes it so easy I can go on autopilot and just keep my eyes pealed for the local sticker so I make the right choice.

I agree that photo looks super yummy.

Anonymous said...

I too eat local as much as possible--where did you find local pinto beans?! I would love to have a source!

Thanks so much!