Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Eat Local challenge for June

Liz, over at Pocket Farm has a lovely challenge for the summer. The rules? Make one dinner entirely out of local foods during each of the twelve weeks of summer. The only non-local ingredients allowed will be oil, salt, pepper, spices and herbs (although there should be no excuse for not finding fresh herbs now). Everything else should be from your local foodshed. You can stick with the Eat Local Challenge 100-mile radius, but if you need to expand that a little, feel free.

Now, for those of us in the Los Angeles area, there is a farmers market every day of the week with good, fresh, local produces including cheeses, olive oils, you name it. What is interesting is the number of convenience foods we fall into using.

I love my local farmers market. Mostly organic stuff, which means no nasty poisonous fertilizers screwing up the precious water tables, and no chemicals running through the system. Our local market even sells ladybugs and snails to control nasty bugs. I've got my own tomatoes growing.

So, I joined in. I'm doing three fun challenges -- the Self Portrait Marathon is almost over -- that ends July 8. The Tomato Challenge is still ongoing; and now the eat local challenge. Are you in?


karena said...

Diva, what a grand idea. I will try this and let you know what meals I come up with. You know, you and Alicia all live in the L.A. area. I travel there sometimes. I will see if you guys want to get together and share a meal next time I am in your neck of the woods.

DivaJood said...

Karena, Helen Wheels is in LA area as well. That would be a great idea. ae over at Arse Poetica just turned me on to a great Thai place in East Hollywood, with a Thai Elvis Impersonator (swear to god) but she says the food is fantastic.

Liz said...

Hey, thanks for spreading the word! I think this will be a very fun summer for you. :)

DivaJood said...

Welcome, Liz. Pocket Farm is such a great blog, and the challenge is so good for all of us!

karena said...

Yum, nothing beats Thai food except for Thai food with an Elvis impersonator!