The next stop on my 30 by 30 journey will be to become a “locavore” for the month of April.
Locavore: Those who are interested in eating food that is locally produced and not moved long distances to market. The locavore movement spawned as interest in sustainability and eco-consciousness become more prevalent. -Wikipedia
As this gets closer, I find myself getting really excited but also very nervous. I’ve done a lot of research these last few weeks about local farmer’s markets, dairy farms, the difference in free range chicken, community support agriculture, etc. It’s exhausting!I want to be a locavore for a month because sustainability and buying local are extremely important to me. As soon as I heard about this movement I knew I wanted to do it, but also knew that it would be challenging – I just didn’t know, and still don’t know, how challenging.
I started out thinking, “Sure, I can do this. I’ll eat salad and chicken and beef from local farms. No problem. It’ll get boring – but I can do it.”
Then I started thinking of the specifics:
-What am I going to eat for breakfast? Eggs everyday?
-What am I going to eat on my salad? Do they have locally produced salad dressing?
-What about drinks? Water 24/7?
-Side dishes? All produce all the time?
I found some guidelines from Locavores.com that were very helpful.
– If not Locally produced, then Organic.
– If not organic, then Family farm.
– If not family farm, then Local business.
I have also been toying with the idea of participating in the community supported agriculture group through Desert Roots Farm – For the spring season, I would pay a set amount (about $18/week) to get a half share of produce harvested that week. The advantages of this is that I’m guaranteed to get a hefty amount of locally grown produce each week but the disadvantage is that I can’t pick and choose which produce I get – so I might get something I don’t know how to prepare. Which may end up being a learning opportunity and another advantage! It also makes me feel more connected to the community and involved with this whole process. So I think it’s a go.
All-in-all I’m really excited to start this part of my journey. When I was telling a good friend that I was nervous about this, she said, “I think it’s good that your nervous. Isn’t that the whole point of this list – to step outside of your comfort zone?” Very true! So, while I think it’ll be a learning process and will be challenging at times, I’m extremely excited and confident I’ll complete this!
Oh! And I found out some great news – In my research, I found that I’ll have no problem finding dessert and beverages. Arizona produces some excellent wines and beer and a nearby dairy farm has a store about a mile from my house that sells the most delicious ice cream! SCORE!
What do you guys think? Could you ever be a locavore? For a day? Week? Month? Forever?
Stay tuned for more updates!!