Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Local Foods - Change the World Wednesday

Sorry this is getting out so late guys! Unfortunately, we had a funeral to attend today and I'm just now sitting down at the computer.

This week's challenge is to only eat local foods. I can sort of make an attempt at this, but I'm not making any promises. I have two little ones who will eat chicken nuggets, fish sticks, PB&J and cereal for every meal. This kind of challenge takes planning on our part so to just jump out and do this on a moments notice isn't going to happen. I'd think it take planning for most people - you need to figure out where you're going to get fresh meat!

Here's what I can definitely do: local fruits, vegetables & eggs. We have a garden with almost nothing to harvest, but there are a bunch of other farmer's markets near by. The Pleasantville farm has fresh veggies and eggs straight from the hen house. Seriously, my friend Barbie collects eggs and puts them in the cartons - I've been thinking about being one of the neighborhood volunteers.

Update on how I did last week with the plastic bags. Pretty good - I only messed up once. I don't think I did a lot of shopping, but I royally screwed up by going to Wal-Mart. Being at the store of ultimate consumerism, I didn't even think about the plastic bags until I has half way home :(

I'll just have to keep on trying!


chicamom85 said...

I like this one. I am going to do it next week, does it have to be Wednesday? I try to use local food when I can and I have changed over to the shopping bags, it took me a while to stop using plastic. Now after I unpack groceries I live the bag on door knob to garage and then the next time I go to the car I put them back in so I have no excuse not to use them


The Laughing Idiot said...

I'm going to say no to having to start on Wednesday.

I see these challenges as being more of a change the way we're living our lives on a continual basis, not just for a week. The real challenge is implimenting & embracing the ideas.

Let me know how it goes!

MzzLily said...

OK, now I don't feel so bad about the WalMart plastic bags. Some days I'm lucky to remember where I parked!

We are still finishing off last years garden goodies from the freezer. We ate our rooster a few days ago. Garden has some green beans almost ready. We have our own hens for eggs.

We plan on becoming more self-sufficient over the coming years. Livestock is such a risky investment for a small farm. We've talked about raising 2 cows, or meat goats.

Some day... wind power! We use lots of solar lighting.

Small Footprints said...

I love your attitude ... so many people think that if they can't do something 100%, they won't do anything at all. But doing what we can is what it's all about ... and it makes a difference! So thank you for eating as local as you can!

I agree with you ... the challenges don't have to be on Wednesday ... any day works. They are all about awareness and challenging ourselves to do a little better than we've been doing. And ... they're fun!

Take Care!

Small Footprints

Anonymous said...

I'll try to accept this challenge, but it seems to be getting more difficult. Find myself craving mangoes and avocados when I know I shouldn't...