Thursday was my first “eat local all day” day. My observations:
1) Eating Local Takes Planning
Unless you do it daily, you will need to think through what you want to eat and where you need to buy the ingredients. I can see that it gets easier and quicker the more you do it
2) Eating Local, at least in winter, costs the same as eating organic
You won’t save money by eating local, unless you are willing to REALLY plan out where and when to buy the ingredients (local farms, canned fruits from summer, etc). But, it costs about the same as buying organic.
3) Eating Local is fun and delicious
Breakfast: Toast, peanut butter and jam (I ran out of time to make the eggs)
Lunch: Ballard cheddar cheese, bread, apple, carrots
Dinner: Cashew crusted trout, sweet potatoes, greens
Snack: Hot and spicy pecans
There were a few ingredients that were hard to find, including locally made crackers, fruits, vegetables, and I opted out of making fresh bread crumbs with local bread. It also appears the only local vegetables readily available are potatoes, onions, and winter squash. I expanded my definition of “local” to the west coast to include organic apples, carrots and swiss chard.
Overall, the planning and shopping was fun for me and my daughter, the day was full of delicious meals and I learned more about local providers and brands.
And, a special call out to City Peanut Shop who made the day’s eating extra tasty with fresh-ground peanut butter, locally roasted cashews, and locally roasted sweet and spicy pecans.