The 100 Mile Diet

After a few slow months, I think we’ll be very busy blogging in August. While I did actively participate in June’s “Write Down 30 Things You Want to Do and Do Something Different Each Day” and July’s “Contact Someone You Don’t Speak to on a Regular Basis Every Day”, there hasn’t been too much to report. I had a few gratifying moments from each month but overall they didn’t feel like too much of a challenge. I’m very excited for August which might turn out to be the biggest challenge thus far: The 100 Mile Diet.

I’m just finishing up reading, The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon which stemmed from their widely publicized blog. The philosophy is simple, the couple decided to eat only food grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of their apartment. The book chronicles their journey through this difficult but rewarding year and definitely makes you really think about where your food comes from and about the benefits of eating locally and seasonally.

Since I’ve become more interested in eating locally anyway, I decided that making this into a Twelve Months of Lent challenge would be perfect. Starting August 1st I’ll officially be a Boston localvore.

Although I plan on being as strict as possible about this, I am going to set my own parameters to make it bearable. What I’ve determined so far:

1. I’m extending the 100 miles to include all of New England.

2. All produce must be grown in New England (omg, no avocados).

3. All dairy and seafood must be local.

4. I can use spices and oils that are already in my pantry.

5. Alcohol should be local but I’m not going to be fussy about where they grow their grains or grapes.

6. Bread. Oh wow, what do I do without bread? Is there a local flour source? Half of me wants to say that I can eat bread as long as I make it myself or buy it from a local bakery, but the other half wants to be really strict and say unless it’s local grain then I can’t have it at all. For now I’m going to try to seek out a local source and I’ll cross that bridge when I get there if I can’t find one.

7. I’m allowing myself 5 local-free meals, meant to be used for things like my Nana’s 90th birthday party, dinner parties with friends, and times of desperation when I’m starving and nothing local can be found.

I’m sure more things will come up but for now, he’s a list of resources that I’ve already found:

Boston Localvores Blog

Boston’s Local Food Shed

Harvest Co-op

City Feed and Supply

Brattleboro Food Co-op

Boston Organics’ Dogma Box

Definitely comment and share your favourite local places if you have any!

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