I first learned about One Local Summer last year while reading Cheryl’s blog, Free Range Living. This was long before I started finding out where my food really comes from – I thought eating local was just a way to support local farmers, a “keep the money in town” sort of ideal. Still, I admired Cheryl’s delicious meals though they also brought about a strong feeling of envy and self-pity (i.e. my kids will never eat that).
This year I’ve seen various bloggers put up the One Local Summer banner and I have felt torn. On the one hand, I am so behind the spirit of this challenge: make one meal per week from all local ingredients (starting June 1). I’m shopping at the farmer’s market every weekend, I’m learning all sorts of new recipes and new ways to prepare this local, seasonal fare I’m bringing home or harvesting from the garden. But I’m still not 100% there. For example, I still buy conventional milk because my family goes through about 10 litres per week and organic is double the price, not to mention my fave local organic only comes in 1 L glass bottles. There are a few other examples, too. Hey, I’ve only just started on this local eating kick and there are still many changes to be made! And so I’ve been hemming and hawing and thinking that I just wasn’t ready for this challenge.
But finally I caved. Eco’Burban commented on Grean Bean’s post saying she would try it “even if it meant pancakes and eggs”. And I realized hey, I can do that. In fact, it doesn’t actually say that the one local meal has to be dinner, right? So here it is, for what it’s worth, I’m jumping in!
note: I’m going to create a specific post category so readers can more easily keep track of my local meals