The Eat Local Challenge is scheduled for May, 2006.
Goal: To eat food produced within 100 miles as much as possible, then extend the range to food raised, produced, or caught in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia.
Exemptions: salt, pepper, flour, pasta, rice, olive oil, lemon juice, coffee, sugar. I’ll buy my fair-trade organic coffee from Tate Street Coffee House, and sorry, but I have to have sugar in my coffee. I’ll buy my bread from Simple Kneads, a wonderful organic bakery in downtown Greensboro, or from nearby Spring Garden Bakery.
Challenge: Seafood. Cheddar cheese. My addiction to Pepsi One, which I’ll try to kick in May. My new craving for olives.
Help needed in finding: Grains of all kinds, pasta. Donna Myers of Epicourier is researching flour for me. If I can find local sources for flour, pasta, and Carolina grown rice, I’ll take them off the exemption list in an update.
Tips offered: The Greensboro Farmers’ Curb Market sells locally grown chicken, beef, pork, milk, butter, goat cheese, and eggs. Chicken will be available from Back Woods Family Farm again in May. The corn for the grits and cornmeal from the Old Mill at Guilford is grown in Yanceyville. Donna sells their products at the Curb Market. The Piedmont Triad Farmers Market also sells sustainably raised lamb, and ostrich.