Friday, May 23, 2008

One Loco Summer


Even in the upper reaches of the Global North, summer is on its way. Gradually, the land is warmer. Birds gather grass and straw, building nests, raising young. Butterflies flutter over the burgeoning wild flowers and bees dart determinedly from flower to flower. Farmers are nursing their peas, coaxing along their strawberries, pulling out their market tents and packing their crates.

You don't plan on spending your summer on tired tomatoes shipped in from my great state, do you? Are you up for one crazy summer of local eating?

The One Local Summer Challenge kicks off June 1 and lasts through August 31, when the days darken and the kids head back to school. The challenge is to eat one all local meal (salt, pepper, and such excluded) once a week all summer long and write about it on your blog. Recaps are posted each Monday for geographical areas.

I'm a newbie to One Local Summer but hungrily competed in the winter version, Dark Days Challenge, a few months ago. There is no better way to push yourself out of an eating rut, to find new sources of local foods, to make blogger buds with locavores in your area, and to become a full fledged chef, than to participate in a local eating challenge.

You have until this Sunday, May 25th to sign up. What are you waiting for? Go loco this summer.

22 comments:

Heather @ SGF said...

Count me in!

Joyce said...

Now, this one I can try. During sweetcorn season we pretty much do this anyway. (There is NOTHING to compare with Illini Supersweet sweetcorn!!)

Debbie said...

I just signed up to do this challenge - thanks for telling us about it. This is going to be an interesting summer - I am going to have a veggie garden after many years without one, I joined a CSA (I figure it is a good back-up plan just in case...) and now I will be cooking local at least once a week. I love being creative in the kitchen! Now we just need some sunshine!

arduous said...

I'm torn. On the one hand I feel like I could try this. On the other hand, I'm afraid all my meals will be "cheats" and will be like a meal of strawberries. (Yes, I did have strawberries for dinner Monday night. Yes it was local. Yes, I probably should have eaten more for dinner.)

Donna said...

I had almost decided not to do this challenge, but you've almost talked me into it. (OK, I'm still thinking!)

On a different note -- have you considered extending the bookworm challenge another month so we have time to read and write about one of the new books we now want to read?

eco 'burban mom said...

I signed up a couple of weeks ago, after you suggested it on my blog. I am looking forward to it, even if my local meal may be pancakes and eggs! But, I am hoping with the Farmer's Markets and the possibility of a CSA I might become more culinary...

Joyce said...

Okay, what's the secret to getting the button? I went to the site, but still had no luck.

eco 'burban mom said...

I didn't get a button or widget per say... I just copied the image to my desktop, inserted it into blogger as a picture and the linked it to the farm to philly site. I didn't see any code for the button. Hope that helps!

Green Bean said...

I have a code for the one on my side bar but Blogger won't let me post it. If you want it, email me at greenbeandreams (at) gmail (dot) com.

So glad a bunch of you are jumping on the OLS bandwagon. I think it will be a blast. I grew so much as a cook doing the winter thing and also found all kinds of new sources for local foods from fellow bloggers. Good fun.

And, Arduous, don't worry if you decide not to join. We're in the same geographic area and I'd just end up kicking your (apparently very nice) booty! ;-) Seriously, though, you can't eat strawberries for every meal because you have to write about it and you start to feel lame (or at least I did with my salads that I made week in and week out). Finally, I decided to get my game on.

Donna: I'm totally open to extending the Bookworm challenge. Lord knows I certainly have more books to read. I'll post later to see if folks want to continue. Glad you are enjoying it! :) I've found a lot of great new books and crossed a few off my list that sound not so good.

Jennifer said...

Well, I'm not sure that we are ready to go ALL out... but we will certainly shop at the Farmer's Markets FIRST and plan our menus around what they have this summer! There is a greenhouse in the next town that brings the MOST fabulous tomatoes to sell...

So, I guess I'm saying I'm not up for the "real" challenge, but will follow right along with all of you, and use it as a "jolt" to get myself thinking along these lines and doing what I can to eat locally without any "pressure"... but I look forward to seeing what others will do with it this month!

On the bookworm challenge... I FINALLY picked my BOOKS. Yes, there is a week left in May, and I checked out TWO books from the library today in anticipation of my trip tomorrow: Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf et al, and Con$umed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Ifantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole by Benjamin R. Barber. Notice a theme?

Green Bean said...

Jennifer, I understand. I felt that way last year. Follow along. Before you know it, you'll be anxiously awaiting the Dark Days Challenge and ready to kick some local food booty!

Great news on your book choice. I'll add them to the sidebar list. No worries. Donna was just saying she'd like to continue the challenge for another month or so. Have a great trip - lots of good reading!

arduous said...

I am totally into the idea of extending the bookworm challenge. I know you would probably like your sidebar back, but I love having all the book links there and the review links.

You would totally kick my ass around the block and up and down the street. So I think I might officially stay out of the challenge. I think I have a little too much on my plate right now. I have completely and totally ignored Crunchy's eco throw-down that I signed up for.

Domestic Accident said...

I joined, too, but a little concerned since my CSA doesn't start till mid- June. I'm sure I can make something with eggs, cheese, and potatoes, right?

Green Bean said...

Arduous: Thanks for the feedback on the bookworm challenge. As to having too much on one's plate, I don't know what you are talking about. I'm been busily making changes all month in accordance with Crunchy's eco-th . . . what is it called again? In all actuality, it's a brilliant challenge and my efforts have been pathetic. I've made one to two very small changes because I've been so focused on other things. Probably best to sit this one out if you are feeling that way. I'll eat a second local meal a week just for you!

Domestic Accident: Can you say frittata! At least that's what I do and call it dinner. Sounds fancy anyway. So glad you are participating.

Beany said...

I joined as well. Now I feel like some sort of veteran since I've been trying to eat local for over a year. But with all the stress that is projected to hit me this summer, it will be some nice excitement.

Beany said...

And yes, I'd like the bookworm challenge to continue as well. I am reading two books simultaneously and the challenge is sinfully delicious (book reading is so fun it seems like it should be wrong).

Joyce said...

I could keep on with the bookworm challenge, since I didn't read the book I agreed to read! Seriously, I've found several others that look interesting, and this might keep me on task.

Monica said...

Thank you very much for posting this. I have joined up!

ruralaspirations said...

You convinced me. Well you and your readers. Eco'burban mentioned pancakes and eggs...I can do that local! ;-)

Donna said...

OK, I'm in! I just signed up for the challenge. Nothing like waiting for the last minute. :)

Green Bean said...

Thanks for the feedback on continuing the book challenge everyone. I'll post about it in a couple of days.

Beany: Good times, girl. It'll be fun.

Monica: Glad you're in.

RI: I'm so into breakfast (whenever it's served) as a qualifiying meal.

Donna: Yeah! We'll be in the same group again. Laura from Not-So-Urban Hennery is hosting the West.

Robin Shreeves said...

Hi, I'm new here, but I'm up for the challenge. In fact, I do mini eco-challenges each month on my blog and one of this month's challenge choices was to cook a meal with only local foods.

But I could definitely use to be challenged by someone else and this will keep me heading to the farmer's market all summer even when it's super hot and I don't feel like it.

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