Monday, September 3, 2012

2012 NY Locavore Challenge: Day 3

So, eating local today was in fact a challenge...and I totally failed at it. These things will happen. I'm striving to improve my connection to local agriculture over the course of the month, not become some immediately perfect poster-child for locavorism (I think that's a word, right?)

Things started off well with breakfast made with CSA peaches and local milk, but I didn't eat at home for lunch or dinner, and there wasn't really any locally grown food options at the two places I dined. It's totally not a big deal, but I do want to re-think the way I can eat local foods when not at home.

Lunch we had at a neighborhood restaurant where we had a gift certificate that needed to be used. I definitely need to find some good restaurants in the area (around Katonah, NY) where they serve local foods...any suggestions you might have would be GREATLY appreciated!

Dinner was take-out food at my mom's house...not much I could do about that. And I'll always say yes when our family members offer to make or buy dinner for us, whether the food is local or not.

The good news, is that having the day off from cooking has given me a nice break from the kitchen, which will hopefully make me feel incredibly motivated to cook a whole bunch of local goodies tomorrow!

Today's Challenge: Grill Local Meats and Veggies
There was no grilling for us today...but I definitely enjoyed some locally-grown grilled veggies over the weekend! My favorite veggies to cook on the grill in the summer are summer squash, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, corn and potatoes...seriously, I think grilling makes pretty much any veggie taste at least 20 times more awesome.

Today's Food: Watermelon
I wasn't able to find any watermelon at the farmers market on Sunday...locally grown watermelon is amazingly sweet. Some people don't like it as much because it has seeds in it, but eating watermelon with seeds brings back childhood memories of seed-spitting contests with friends, so I like it.

Today I:
  • Made an awesome breakfast with local peaches and milk
  • Realized exactly why they call this a challenge!
Tomorrow I'll be more in control of what we eat, cooking all three meals at home with ingredients from our CSA and the farmers market, and I'm really looking forward to it! I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend, and if you're making any steps in your life to eat more locally, I'd love to hear about them!

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