Change the World Wednesday Challenge from ReduceFootprints
Posted by eemilla on June 25, 2009
This week the challenge is to be a locavore for at least three (or one full day if you eat min meals) of the twenty plus meals that make up your dining week. In this town many a restaurant makes it easy; Laughing Seed Cafe has a farm that they source many things from, and many other restaurants either do the same or use local farmers. Even though my fair city makes it much easier than other places, it is summer, and I love mangoes, which don’t grow in zone 7. I am embarrassed to say that I don’t know exactly what is in season throughout the year, but thankfully, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has a friendly chart for the area.
Many a critic of eating local will argue that it is too expensive, and I agree that it can be pricey; however, the trick is to grow it yourself or make friends with someone who does. My co-worker rents, and she still grows zucchini, red peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, basil, parsley all in containers. Although this year some unexpected family emergencies gave us a pass on planting our victory (against corporate agriculture) garden, we have big plans for next year. Alternatively Community Supported Agriculture shares are a great thought for those without the time or the inclination to grow their own vegetables (or the space to raise chickens, cows, goats, etc).
I will post some photos of our local meal, as its content will depend on what Mom has ready for harvest and what the Coop has in stock.