A local magazine launched an Eat Local Challenge six years ago. Every year some local businesses and some health and wellness organizations get involved to encourage residents to eat food produced within 100 miles of the city.
I definitely do my best to meet the challenge, but I gotta have my coffee and chocolate. Sorry, that is where I draw the line. That said, the coffee and chocolate are organic and fair trade.
Do you live in a community that has a similar challenge? Do you participate?
There are some very good reasons for eating locally. The reasons range from supporting local economies to reducing your carbon footprint. Your health and wallet can benefit as well. By staying away from processed food, we can save money and get a lot of chemicals out of our bodies. Buying in bulk and planning ahead also help keep costs down and encourage healthy eating.
Why not try your own local eating challenge? You might discover some wonderful, local hidden treasures. If you take the challenge, please share your stories on your new finds.