The Eat Local Challenge October 2008
It's been over three years since the I properly took part in the very first Local Challenge. When I've mentioned to a few people that I signed up for the latest Eat Local Challenge taking place this month, I've sometimes gotten a bemused response since it's something I partake of anyway, on a regular basis. So why challenge myself this time around? The truth is, I want to take a stock check and see how I really am doing. There are areas where I could probably make better or different choices and I want to reveal them to myself by exploring my eating patterns more closely. Those who are taking part this October have been asked to answer the following three questions to begin the challenge:
1. What is your definition of local?
I mainly buy my produce from the San Francisco Farmers Market, so for the most part, my definition of local is largely covered by this map.
2. What exemptions will you claim?
My first thought, was to decline myself some of my everyday favourite things for the sake of trying to be totally locavore. But this would not have been realistic or even pleasurable. I want to keep things in perspective. Here are some items I will definitely be making use of despite them not being local:
Sugar (at the very least in order to bake the cookies I have promised to send some of the kind readers who supported me with the donations for The Race for The Cure).
Spices that are already in my pantry.
Non-local items already in the house.
Dining Out when the choice of venue is not mine.
Pot lucks (I am attending two in October, but they will both be rife with local Food Bloggers so I hold high hopes they'll be at least par-locavore)
Chocolate (local companies only, I hope.)
3. What is your goal for the month?
To reassess my Local Eating patterns by keeping a record of what I am consuming on a day to day basis.
So - what does this all my mean for my blog? Well, if I can keep it up for the month - I hope to keep a diary here, outlining what I am eating on a day to day basis. A heavy work schedule this month and other commitments will mean my diary probably won't be too wordy, and neither will it necessarily be displaying beautiful pictures. The occasional snap on my iphone might be as good as it gets. I'll see what I have time to do. Any encouragement, ideas or input from readers, will of course, be gratefully accepted. Although I can't really expect you to be too overjoyed at the prospect of joining me on this journey, it's somewhere I want to explore right now, so I thank you in advance for you for your patience as my month of eating locally takes shape.
2007 | Attempting to Cook a Locally Sourced Lunch in Bristol, England
2006 | Restaurant Girl Speaks
2005 | A Vegan Downfall
2004 | Olive, San Francisco
© 2008 Sam Breach The Eat Local Challenge October 2008