Challenge yourself to eat local for a day, a week or the whole month of September. The Eat Local Challenge has become an annual event with participants all over the world – a sort of global local event!
“What about olive oil? I can’t live without my coffee!” Well, you could try to work around that by using some local butter instead which is a mighty tasty option and I’ve heard that an apple (local and in season right now) in the morning will give you more energy than a cup of joe. Or you could just commit to eating only local fruits and vegetables as a start and keep that cup of coffee for now. Every bit helps.
Get some local support for this by going to the Skagit Valley Food Co-op for a workshop during the second week of September (more details here) and learn about our local foodshed and how you can take advantage of all the bounty that is produced here. Jodie Buller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the co-op, will be having a facilitated conversation about eating locally in the Skagit Valley. She has convinced me to be there as well so come join in and share your ideas for local eating and glean a few new ones!
If you’re up in Whatcom County, one of the local coordinators is Sustainable Connections with their Eat Local Week from September 9th through the 16th. Their website has many listings of local events and even more listings of local producers. This is a great resource, check it out.
Other resources beyond those listed above (check the links on the sites as well):
Also, just in case you don’t want to cook every day, there are many local restaurants that feature our local foods! This is not a comprehensive list, but a few options are: