Eat Local Challenge: Starts May 1!

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Now here’s a challenge… those crazy kids out in the Bay Area, Jen at Life Begins at 30 and The Locavores, are challenging us to eat locally in May. As in only food grown or produced in your local area.

We love this idea, and are jealous that an idea like this pops into the heads of folks out west so early in the year. We wonder if August might be a more fitting time for those of us still thawing out on the East Coast. Visit their websites for me details, and sign up.

Here are the guidelines (you can be as strict or as loose as you want):

In designing your personal challenge, you should answer the following questions:

1. What’s your definition of local for this challenge?

The Locavores are using a 100-mile radius around their home to define local foods. I will be doing the same. You could define local as anything from within your county to within the state or the United States.

2. What exemptions will you claim?

There are some things that are a part of your everyday life that will be impossible to source locally. Will you be drinking coffee during this month? What will you do about spices? In many areas, local grains are hard to find. What will you do if you can’t find them?

3. What is your personal goal for the month?

You don’t have to set your goal at eating every meal locally — while that is the ideal, we want to be realistic here. You could set a goal of having each dinner with local products, having one family meal a week, or even hosting one weekend picnic with local foods during the month.