Lately, local food is such a buzz phrase, something that many of us have the intent to utilize.. Here on the Faulk Farmstead, however, this strong intent is what drove us to the point in our lives that we are now. As homesteaders.
This great desire inspired us to make changes in what we see as food and how we can grow and raise this food ourselves. Farming, hunting, fishing – ULTIMATE local food, right?
Starting on April 12th, our family joined others in this great challenge started by Melissa from Ever Growing Farm: a challenge to eat locally for 100 days. Their parameters for this challenge require that 100% of their food be sourced from within the state of New Mexico, that the majority of their food comes from within 100 miles of Santa Fe, and they are confined to a budget of $100 per week on all food purchases. Inspirational, right?
I have officially convinced the family that WE will be going in on the challenge. But it wasn’t without a bit of prodding… 😉
For our family, we have opted to tweak the challenge to make it our own. We’re considering it a bit of a dual-challenge:
- We have been considering having some “no-shopping” food days: We are striving to use up the food we have now, in our freezer (local beef, elk, and fish) and in our larder (preserved food from the last growing season, dry goods etc.)
- However, with the food that we DO purchase, our goal is to only buy local. What’s our definition of local? Within 100 miles of our home. What do we consider second best to local?
Our exceptions to the local food challenge? Anything in our freezer/larder, baking supplies (flour, salt, etc), oils (olive, coconut, etc.),
What is available to us locally in Washington? Currently, we have apples, pears, asparagus, greens, etc. available in our local stores and farmers markets. Soon enough, though, food production will be in full swing with a large variety of fruits and veggies. Thankfully, the big local farmers market just kicked off it’s season – but that’s not the only place I can shop at – We have our local food co-op (Yelm Food Co-Op) and also Olympia Local Foods, a store similar to a co-op, but without membership dues or fees (unfortunately, it’s not too close to home for us).
Finally, why are we participating in this challenge? Number one reason – to get more connected with our food and where it comes from. We always have the best intention to buy food that’s produced close to home, but our hectic schedules and the convenience of other food options often pull us away from those good intentions.
We are refreshing our outlook on food consumption – and challenge you to join us!
What do you say? Are you in?