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.