To recap for any newcomers, the goal of the challenge is to eat only food grown and/or produced in a 250-mile radius of our home for an entire month. For me, that's all of New England, with preference given to Massachusetts. The purpose is to enjoy regional flavors, support the local economy, and conserve fuel. It’s the same thing the whole family did last September, which was featured on the CBS Evening News.
In addition to listing my sources in my posts, I will be making an effort to keep track of money this time to see if eating locally is really as elitist as it’s sometimes portrayed. I don’t know if it comes through on this blog, but we’re not exactly rolling in dough. Unless you count pie dough. Also, I’m borrowing a free bike from a neighbor (thanks, Sarah!) so I can do most of my shopping by bicycle, thereby saving even more on gas. I’m very, very curious to see how long I can keep that up.
I will be claiming some exemptions from the 250-mile rule, but fewer than last year. They are: coffee, yeast, spices, and cooking oil. The last three lack a local source and are used in small enough quantities that I’m not sweating it. Coffee, on the other hand, is drunk in LARGE quantities by Husband, but both of us will tell you that living without his sweet, sweet drug of choice is not an option. He has his coffee, I have my farmer, and everybody’s happy. Also, I reserve the right to buy stuff made by small, local businesses even if all the ingredients aren’t local because I value their craft (you know which place I’m talking about, but there may end up being more).
Last but not least, I’m going to try really hard not to make my ELC posts as boring as last year’s, but my family’s survival comes before your entertainment, just so you know. I make no promises.