Saturday, September 1, 2012

2012 NY Locavore Challenge: Day 1

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York has been hosting a nifty little eat local challenge for the past three years. I've wanted to participate in the previous two challenges, but the timing wasn't right.

Two years ago I was newly pregnant and my food cravings/aversions totally didn't mesh well with locavore eating (all I wanted was pizza, pizza and more pizza), and last year I was too sleep-deprived caring for my then five-month-old son, Dylan...making food at all was enough of a challenge for me, let alone making meals from scratch using locally-grown ingredients.

But things are way more manageable now...and I'm ready to take on this amazing challenge. I'm already a bit of a locavore, but I know that I still have a ways to go. I'm hoping that this challenge will help me find new ways to enjoy locally-grown, in-season foods.

Over the next 30 days I plan on writing daily posts about how I'm doing with the challenge...I hope y'all follow along!

Today's Challenge: Register for a Day, Week or Month Locavore Challenge
As part of the larger month-long challenge, you can sign up to try a shorter 250 Mile Challenge where you eat almost exclusively foods grown withing a 250 mile radius of where you live. I signed up for a day, but will probably do a week...we'll see. Baby steps, right?

Today's Food: Bacon
Each day of the challenge, there's a suggested local food for you to try...I'm a vegetarian so no bacon for me. But I did tell my brother (a self-proclaimed bacon enthusiast) about the New York Bacon Fest (which I think he may have actually attended) so that counts!

Today I:
  • Registered for the challenge
  • Bought NY, local, organic milk for the family (so glad to be feeding my growing baby boy such good milk!)
  • Ate tomatoes, grown by friends, directly off the vine.
  • Enjoyed 3 meals of awesome food made with CSA fruit and veggies.
  • Bought some Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Liquid Gold to enjoy later this evening.
Not a bad first day!

To find out more about the challenge, check out the NOFA-NY website...and while you're there, why not sign up for the challenge yourself?!

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