In this house, we've been talking about the Eat Local Challenge ever since we discovered it just as it was ending last August. We were disappointed to discover at the last minute that Locavores decided to have this year's challenge to May in order to provide a new challenge to participants. Since we did not participate last year and were not prepared to do it this May, we've decided that August will be our own personal Eat Local month.
As we were exploring online resources about the Eat Local Challenge, we came across this proposal by Liz at Pocket Farm: One Local Summer. She asks participants to "make one dinner entirely out of local foods during each of the twelve weeks of summer" and report on that meal on their blogs.
Our CSA is not active this week due to the holiday. Therefore, we went shopping at our local food coop. We had a ball scouring the aisles and seeing all the new "locally grown" and "locally made" signs sprouting up around the store. After we came home, we had a lovely evening preparing our dinner.
Whole Wheat Pastry flour from Frankferd Farms Mill in Saxonburg, PA (255 miles, labeled as local at our food co-op)
Butter from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, PA (87 miles)
Eggs from Jehovah-Jireh Farm in Dickerson, MD (33 miles and in our county)
Milk from Trickling Springs Creamery
Cheese from Broom's Bloom Dairy in Bel Air, MD (62 miles)
Zuchinni from our CSA Licking Creek Bend Farm in Needmore, PA (105 miles, with pick-up in our neighborhood at farmer Mike's house)
Swiss Chard from our own garden (0 miles)
Italian Parsley from our garden
lettuce from our garden
tomatoes from Hummingbird Farms in Ridgely, MD (71 miles)
lemon verbena and opal basil from our garden
Cherries from our CSA
French Almond ice cream made by Island Style Ice Cream in Mount Ranier, MD (4 miles)
made from spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm, and lemon verbena from our garden